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U.S. 20 Philomath Downtown Safety and Streetscape Project

Construction Phase

Region 2: Willamette Valley and Northwest Oregon (Benton)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We'll resurface the road and address some accessibility issues on U.S. 20 through downtown Philomath.

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Traffic Impact

Lane closures with flaggers helping direct traffic on Main and Applegate Streets.

Construction Impacts

We're repairing and repaving the road on both Main and Applegate Streets. We're digging up this portion of the roads and replacing it. 

This requires us to close lanes, restrict side streets and some driveway accesses. 

This work changes the level of the road, creating a temporary uneven surface between the lanes during construction.

​You can expect:​

  • Crews working on the north lane of Main Street from 10th Street to 7th Street.

  • Times where through traffic is restricted on 10th, 9th, 8th and 7th Streets. ​

  • Construction noise, dust and debris. 

  • Lane closures with flaggers helping direct​ traffic. 

  • Restricted side street and driveway accesses.

  • Businesses to remain open during construction.

  • Pedestrians to have access through or around the work zone. The alternate routes will be marked.

We expect construction to complete in 2024.

Construction Activities

We're reconstructing Main Street between 7th Street and 10th Street. When we've completed this work, crews will move and begin working on both lanes of Applegate Street from 7th Street to 15th Street.

Visit TripCheck​ for the most current traffic information.​

​Pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will have access through or around work zones. ​

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Always drive safely, watch for construction signs and workers. 

Remember: fines double in all Oregon work zones, whether workers and signs are present or not. ​​



​The roadway through Philomath is in poor condition and the sidewalks do not meet current ADA standards. 

​To address these issues we will repave the road and improve the downtown for pedestrians and bicyclists by:

  • Fully reconstruct most travel lanes on Main and Applegate within the project area between 14th and 7th Streets. This will involve digging up and rebuilding the foundation of the road. We will repave the surface of the road on the portions not being rebuilt.

  • Regrade the new pavement and the slope of the road to improve drainage.

  • Repave some of the parking areas on Applegate Street and portions of parking on Main Street where full depth reconstruction is not occurring.

  • Curb ramps will be upgraded to comply with ADA standards.

  • Curb extensions will be added on the north and south sides of Main Street and on the north side of Applegate Street within the project area. This will increase pedestrian visibility and safety by shortening the distance to cross the street.

  • Install enhanced pedestrian crossings with rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) on Applegate Street at 14th Street and on Main Street at 7th Street.  

  • Buffers will be added between vehicle and bicycle lanes to improve bicycle safety. Striped buffers will be two feet wide on Main Street and four feet on Applegate Street. 

  • A two way cycle track will be added on the south side of Applegate between 13th and 15th Streets to provide westbound bicycle access between the Applegate neighborhood and the downtown area and to provide connectivity for the “Corvallis to the Coast” bike route.  

  • Mountable concrete curb separators will be added in the four foot buffer along the cycle track to further protect bicyclists.

  • Install additional features such as landscaping, trash cans and benches.

  • Replace traffic signals at important intersections.

  • Facilities to better manage storm​water runoff.​


Design: 2022
Construction: 2023 - 2024​


U.S. 20 |

​Milepost 49.8 - 50.8

Cost and Funding

​Design and Construction: $18 million

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Project Contacts

Assistant Resident Engineer
Markus Schaaf

Public Information Officer
Mindy McCartt
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Last Updated

6/3/2024 2:56 PM

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