Road Construction, Delays for Routes to Oregon Coast
(Manzanita, Oregon) – There is a bit more construction on the roads for those heading to places like the Washington coast, Astoria, Manzanita, Nehalem, Cannon Beach, Seaside and Lincoln City. There are just a few more annoying delays on Highway 26 near the beaches, while work on a couple other north Oregon coast routes goes on for a bit.
Work continues on Highway 26 towards the coast – often a frustrating, long wait for those heading to and from Portland and the north coast. It’s happening about 26 miles east of U.S. 101, between Military Road and Wolf Creek. The work includes paving 11 miles of U.S. 26 and realigning a dangerous curve at Salmonberry Road.
ODOT said flagging continues around the clock through this Friday between Salmon Berry Road and the viewpoint, while the paving goes on.
“This work is weather dependent. Flaggers will control one-way traffic during the paving,” said ODOT.
Flaggers will periodically stop traffic near the Dennis Edwards Tunnel to let trucks reenter the highway after they are loaded with paving materials.
For more information see this ODOT link.
The Astoria – Megler Bridge over the Columbia River at Astoria is still undergoing some work. Steel at the north end of the bridge is being recoated, and this entails structural work above and below the bridge’s deck.
A 35 mph speed limit through the construction zone will be maintained for the duration of the project, which is should be done around November 2011 – roughly a year from now. Flaggers will control single lane traffic during construction activities as required. Lane delays will be allowed anytime on weekdays and weekends.
ODOT said to expect delays of up to 20 minutes.
On Highway 53, between Highway 26 and Highway 101, a bridge is being replaced just south of the junction off Highway 26.
This will not affect traffic around the junction of Highway 53 close to Nehalem (and near Nehalem Bay Winery). That area is completely clear.
One-lane traffic regulated by flaggers will be experienced by motorists near the portion of 53 that connects to Highway 26. That project will be completed sometime in December.
For those heading towards Lincoln City or other parts of the central Oregon coast, Highway 18 at milepost 11.3 will see the end of its construction and delays this week.
Wednesday and Thursday evening should be the last of the paving and striping on that part of the coast range mountain route towards Lincoln City. Motorists will likely experience slightly longer delays; perhaps as long as 20 minutes during paving and striping.
The contractor, Oregon Mainline Paving of McMinnville, is excavating twenty-five feet below the road grade and installing rock. Rock is also being installed on a large slide area above the road grade in an effort to stabilize a landslide that has compromised the road’s integrity.
The $680,000 urgent project will construct rock buttressing, rebuild the roadway and repave the area. When complete, the road will return to its original design of two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane at the location.
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