2019 TRAFFIC IMPACTS: Work in 2019 will include La Grande to Ladd Canyon paving, Exit 270 overpass bridge replacement, culvert and creek realignment activities near the interchange and prep work for third eastbound lane. Travelers can expect reduced speeds, minor delays and lane restrictions with one lane each for eastbound and westbound traffic through the Ladd Canyon area between MP 270 and 273. Additional bicycle/pedestrian restrictions and I-84 access restrictions from Ladd Canyon Road will be in place, as follows:
2019 Ladd Canyon Road Restrictions: In 2019, I-84 westbound freeway on ramp access from Ladd Canyon Road at the Exit 270 Interchange will be restricted to accommodate the removal of the exiting bridge and the construction of the new replacement box culvert. The westbound freeway on ramp is expected to be closed from 7 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. during construction. The exit 270 eastbound off ramp connecting to Ladd Canyon Road will remain open, except for occasional delays to accommodate movement of equipment and materials. Specific road and ramp restriction dates have not been determined, but are expected to last from April 1 to October 31 of 2019.
2019 Bicycle & Pedestrian Detour: Due to the narrow configuration for single lane eastbound and westbound freeway traffic through the 2019 construction work zone in the Ladd Canyon area, pedestrians and bicyclists will not be allowed along I-84 between miles posts 270 and 273. Work zone traffic configurations that include concrete barriers separating narrow eastbound and westbound travel lanes (one lane each) will not safely accommodate bicycle or pedestrian traffic. Bicyclists and pedestrians will need to ride the local transit bus (www.neotransit.org
) between La Grande and North Powder, or take the bicycle detour route that runs from La Grande (Exit 265) to Union via OR203, then from Union to North Powder via OR 237. Detour route connects to I-84 in North Powder at Exit 285. Final traffic control plans for the project will clarify work zone ADA access/detours.
2020 TRAFFIC IMPACTS: Work activities in 2020 will include buiding the third lane along Ladd Canyon grade (MP 270-273). Motorists can expect single lane travel, reduced speeds and minor delays through the work zone.
2020 Bicycle & Pedestrian Detour: Some bicycle and pedestrian impacts may continue in the 2020 construction season (see above), depending on the contractor’s schedule.
Construction activities will take place in 2019 and 2020, with all work completed end of 2020.