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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

Construction paused until Spring 2022.

In addition to completing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramp upgrades, crews paved the portion of U.S. 26 that spans from SW Scholls Ferry Road to OR 217 beginning on June 27. Once this section of work was complete, crews completed paving between OR 217 and NW Cornell Road. 

Nighttime construction work and related traffic impacts are now complete. Final bridge work and high friction surface treatment installation will resume in the spring, and will take about a week to complete.

Saturday, November 27 - Saturday, December 4

  • No traffic impacts.

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 were closed to traffic on various nights. Traffic control with signed detour routes were provided. 

Traffic impacts during construction included:

  • Nighttime full closures of U.S. 26 at interchanges within the project corridor. Traffic detoured to adjacent on- and off-ramps.
  • Nighttime single and double lane closures on U.S. 26. Single lane closures began as early as 8:30 p.m. and double lanes as early as 10 p.m. All lanes opened 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 could 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 was 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

Work is currently paused until Spring 2022. When work resumes, 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 one week 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

11/26/2021 12:19 PM

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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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