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Hood to Coast Relay Traffic Advisory
08/21/2008
Hood to Coast Relay coming to region’s highways
Motorists asked to be alert to 17,000 runners and walkers on highways this weekend
 
The annual Hood to Coast Relay race is scheduled to take place Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23, with about 17,000 runners and walkers expected to travel along several Oregon highways. The route will take race participants from Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood to Seaside. Motorists are asked to watch for runners and walkers, as well as numerous support vehicles involved in the event, which begins Friday morning.
 
Construction projects
 
Some highways along the route have construction projects under way. ODOT and its contractors are suspending work and making every effort to minimize the effects these projects have on the event. Please use caution when overtaking and passing runners, walkers and support vehicles; please pay special attention through construction zones.
 
U.S.26 (Mt. Hood Highway) lane restriction east of Sandy
 
Westbound traffic on U.S. 26 (Mt. Hood Highway) near milepost 30 east of Sandy will be narrowed to one lane approaching the top of Cherryville Hill to provide for some support vehicle parking. This section is on the west end of a two-mile section of center cable barrier installed last year to reduce crossover traffic crashes.
 
Increased enforcement
 
State, county and city police agencies along the relay route will have a visible patrol enforcement presence. U.S. 26 between Timberline Road and Gresham will be worked extensively by Oregon State Police, Clackamas County S.O. and the Sandy Police Department. Anyone observing a dangerous driver is asked to contact Oregon State Police dispatch, at 1-800-452-7888or 9-1-1. For more information on the Hood to Coast Relay, including the full course map, visit www.hoodtocoast.com.