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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 repaves U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) in both directions from Cornell Road to the Sylvan interchange.​​​​​


Traffic Impact

Saturday, November 19 - Saturday, November 26

  • No traffic impacts.

Construction resumed Friday, May 20, 2022 following a winter hiatus

Drivers on U.S. 26 and those using the U.S. 26/OR 217 interchange should expect the following traffic impacts intermittently over the next few weeks:​​

  • Nighttime single and double lane closures on U.S. 26 between the Sylvan interchange and Cornell Road. Single lane closures begin as early as 8:30 p.m. and double lanes as early as 10 p.m. All lanes open by 5:30 a.m. weeknights (later on weekends).
  • Nighttime lane closures on the ramp from OR 217 northbound to U.S. 26 westbound from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights (later on weekends). The ramp will remain open.

Construction Impacts

Beginning the night of Friday, May 20, 2022, work to complete the U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) Paving Project will resume. This project improves U.S. 26 from Cornell Road to the Sylvan interchange by repaving the highway and ramps, repairing bridges and upgrading ADA ramps where the ramps meet local streets. Crews will work mostly at night, but some daytime activities are expected. This work will take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete.

Construction activities will involve minor grinding and paving near the Sylvan interchange, bridge joint work and applying high-friction surface treatment to the ramp from OR 217 northbound to U.S. 26 westbound. In addition, crews will work on signals and ADA ramps.

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.


Following a busy summer construction season, work has come to a close on the U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) Paving Project for 2021. In spring 2022, crews will finish bridge work and install a high friction surface treatment on one ramp. This work will take about three weeks to complete.



ODOT worked 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 also repaired bridges and bridge joints in the project. Curb ramps at each repaved on- and off-ramp were also 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
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

11/21/2022 11:31 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