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OR 551 at Ehlen Road Safety Project

Project Completed

Region 2: Willamette Valley and Northwest Oregon (Aurora, Marion)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Safety project to add dedicated left turn lanes on both approaches of Ehlen Road.​

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Traffic Impact

Expect delays and night work on OR 551 with lane or shoulder closures controlled by flagging.

Construction Impacts

Expect the following lane closures on OR 99E, Ehlen Road and Boones Ferry Road:
  • ​Daily, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Nightly, Sunday night through Friday morning, between 7 p.m and 5 a.m.​​​

Traffic and movement through the work zone will be controlled by flaggers and lanes will be clearly marked.

​For the most up to date information, visit TripCheck.

Meetings and Events

​Find out what road work is being done in 2022!

Visit our construction online open house to learn about the projects and the impacts to traffic that may occur as we work to build, repair and improve the roads that connect the communities of Region 2.

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Enlarged project mapIn working with  Marion County, we identified that the OR 551 and Ehlen Road intersection needs safety improvements. The current intersection layout creates congestion as a car is waiting to make a left turn.​

To address the safety and operational issues, we will add left turn lanes on Ehlen Road approaching OR 551 in both directions.  

Cross Section of Ehlen RoadTo reduce congestion and improve operations at the intersection, the left turn lane will be protected by a concrete traffic separator on the west side of Ehlen Road. This separator will restrict left turns to and from Boones Ferry Road onto Ehlen Road. 

Because of the new concrete separator, left-turning traffic on the north side of the Boones Ferry/Ehlen Road intersection will use Keil Road. Left-turning traffic on the south side of the intersection will use the new county connector road. 

As part of the project, we will need to remove some trees and bushes on OR 551 and Ehlen Road NE. This will allow us to expand OR 551 to include a new right turn lane onto Julia Road NE and widen Ehlen Road NE to add two new left turn lanes onto OR 551. ​ 

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Design: 2019-2021
Construction: 2021-2022

Past Meeting and Events

​An online open house was held on August 4 - 31, 2020.

A construction online open house was held on December 21, 2020 - January 15, 2021. 


OR 551 | Ehlen Road Intersection

Cost and Funding

$8.5 million

Contacts & Media

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Project Contacts

Assistant Resident Engineer
Leia Kagawa

Public Information Officer
David House

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Last Updated

1/5/2023 2:34 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
18664-WesternVillageFlyer_letter.pdfWestern Wagon Village project impacts letter.