Day and nighttime construction activities continue in Hermiston along U.S. 395 for the Oregon Department of Transportation’s $3.7 million highway improvement project. Motorists and pedestrians can expect lane closures and minor detours around ADA sidewalk ramps. Most of the work will be performed at nighttime to minimize impacts to traffic and local businesses along the route.
Traffic impacts for the week of April 18 are as follows:
No anticipated work during the day this week.
Night Shift: 6 pm – 7 am
Monday–Tuesday April 18-19: Contractor will finish lowering manholes, water valves, and inlet for grinding and paving. Highway 395 will be reduced to one lane traffic each direction after 7 p.m. There may be minor delay depending on the amount of traffic.
Wednesday–Thursday April 20-21: Contractor will begin grinding and paving at Bensel Road southbound towards Theater Lane. Paving is scheduled to begin on the center median. Traffic will be reduced to one lane southbound to allow for trucks to enter and exit. Watch for crews and equipment. Traffic may experience minor delays.
Jennie Avenue intersection: The crosswalks at Jennie Avenue are currently closed due to no ADA ramps. Pedestrian access routes around the work area are in place. Contractor is expected to return April 25 to complete the ADA ramps at Jennie Ave. intersection. (Approximately one week of work). Electrical contractor will then return to install the push button poles and wire the push buttons for the new signal.
The construction project includes rebuilding dozens of ADA sidewalk ramps, updating traffic signal controls at several intersections, installing new traffic signals at the Jennie Avenue intersection, installing median curbs to control turning movements at the Elm Street (OR 207) intersection, and repaving the six-mile-long section of highway between S.E. Fourth Street (mile post 6) and U.S. Highway 730 (mile post zero). Paving work is not expected to begin until the May time frame. All work is scheduled to be completed by July 4.