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U.S. 26 Paving Project: Cornell Road to Sylvan Interchange

Construction Phase

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Beaverton, Portland, Multnomah, Washington)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This project will repave U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) in both directions from Cornell Road to the Sylvan interchange.​​​​​


Traffic Impact

Nighttime paving began June 27 and will last through mid-September

In addition to continuing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramp upgrades, crews will begin paving the portion of U.S. 26 that spans from SW Scholls Ferry Road to OR 217 on June 27. Once this section of work is complete, crews will begin paving between OR 217 and NW Cornell Road. Paving work is weather-dependent and is subject to change.

Nighttime construction work and traffic impacts can take place on any night, but will mostly follow a Sunday through Thursday schedule, in addition to ongoing curb ramp work during the day. Bridge work will start in August, and the project team will begin striping the roadway in September.

Saturday, September 18 - Saturday, September 25

  • Nighttime paving resumed on August 27 and will continue through mid-September.
  • Nighttime lane and ramp closures from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for 6-7 nights a week.
  • Daytime and nighttime electrical work continues.
  • Daytime work on ADA ramps at various ramp terminals continues.
  • Daytime shoulder closures throughout the project area.

Upcoming Expanded Impacts:

  • Nighttime bridge work will begin soon after Labor Day.​
  • Pavement striping will begin in mid-September.

Construction Impacts

In order to maintain a safe work zone for travelers and construction crews during construction, travel lanes and segments of U.S. 26 and on- and off-ramps will close to traffic on various nights. Traffic control with signed detour routes will be provided. Expect traffic delays.

Traffic impacts during construction include:

  • Nighttime full closures of U.S. 26 at interchanges within the project corridor. Traffic will be detoured to adjacent on- and off-ramps.
  • Nighttime single and double lane closures on U.S. 26. Single lane closures will begin as early as 8:30 p.m. and double lanes as early as 10 p.m. All lanes will open by 5:30 a.m. weekdays (later on weekends).
  • Nighttime lane closures and full closures of on- and off-ramps in the project area. These can happen as early as 9 p.m., open by 5 a.m. (later on weekends).
  • During nighttime lane closures, the speed limit on U.S. 26 is reduced to 45 MPH.
  • Lane closures on local streets, sidewalk closures and temporary ADA-accessible pedestrian detours where on- and off-ramps meet local streets.
Noise Impacts During Construction

Expect periodic construction noise, mostly from heavy equipment and construction trucks (example: required vehicle reverse noises) and other equipment such as paving and grinding machines, jackhammers, concrete saws and compressors. Those working or living near the work areas may hear construction noise.

ODOT will use construction noise mitigation measures to reduce noise impacts to surrounding neighbors. Use the 24/7 nighttime noise hotline to reach a live person to discuss any noise concerns: 503-412-2349.


ADA curb ramp work is ongoing, and will continue throughout the length of the project. Paving begins late June, followed by bridge work in August and roadway striping in September. All work is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2021.​​



ODOT is working throughout the summer and fall to improve approximately six miles of U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) by repaving in both directions from Cornell Road to the Sylvan interchange, including several on- and off-ramps.

We are also repairing bridges and bridge joints in the project. Curb ramps at each repaved on- and off-ramp will also be upgraded to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

​Map of Project Area
U.S. 26 Paving Project Cornell to Sylvan Project Area Map

Project Elements
Proposed improvements include: 
  • Repaving approximately six miles of U.S. 26 in both directions, including several on and off-ramps, from Cornell Road to the Sylvan Interchange. 
  • ADA upgrades to 25 curb ramps where on- and off-ramps meet local streets in the project area. 
  • Replacing and repairing crucial bridge joints to ensure the bridges along the highway continue to meet all safety standards.


U.S. 26 | ​U.S. 26 from Cornell Road to the Sylvan interchange.

Cost and Funding

$13.2 million. A portion of funding comes from House Bill 2017, Keep Oregon Moving.​


  • ​A new road surface will improve the overall quality of U.S. 26 and several on- and off-ramps, resulting in a smoother and safer highway for drivers.
  • Bridge joint work will help to preserve and extend the life of this heavily traveled highway corridor. 
  • Upgraded ADA curb ramps at on-and off-ramps will make a safer, more accessible highway for all, including people who walk, use mobility devices and who are visually impaired. 

Contacts & Media

Project Contact

Community Affairs Coordinator
Lili Boicourt

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Last Updated

9/17/2021 11:34 AM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
February 2021_Newsletter_US 26 Cornell to Sylvan-20300.pdfFebruary 2021 Newsletter U.S. 26 Paving Project Cornell to Sylvan

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