The Oregon Department of Transportation will be constructing over two dozen key highway projects this year in Eastern Oregon to fix pavement, bridges and make the highways safer. Some are underway now and others are scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.
Below is a list of some of the projects along with anticipated traffic impacts. Motorists are urged to watch for crews, equipment and flaggers, and to be prepared to slow down or stop when you see those orange cones and construction signs. Distracted or inattentive driving and speed remain primary causes of crashes, so put cell phones and other distractions away, and ease up on the gas.
Traffic fines are double the amount in all work zones. Construction timeframes are estimates and subject to change.
Umatilla County Area
I-82 (McNary Highway) – Repair eastbound Columbia River Bridge at Washington border (project managed by Washington State DOT). Lane closures, reduced speeds, traffic pattern changes, minor delays. Work is ongoing. Completion: fall 2019
I-82 (McNary Highway) – Replace concrete panels in road surface that connect to bridges at multiple locations, between MP 1 and 2 and at MP 10.2. Lane closures, traffic pattern changes, reduced speeds and minor delays. Work is ongoing. Completion: 10/2019
U.S. 395 (Hermiston Highway) – Repair concrete pavement through downtown Hermiston area, MP 3.4 – 6.34. Intermittent lane closures, flaggers, minor delays, sidewalk detours. Work ongoing. Completion: 7/2019