|ODOT sign project impacted by dry conditions, may be delayed posted on 10/02/2017|
Construction on the Oregon Department of Transportation
(ODOT)’s RealTime sign project on Mount Hood was suspended for part of
September due to fire danger on the Mount Hood National Forest, potentially
delaying completion of the project until next spring.
The signs will offer up to the minute traffic information
and advisories, including road conditions and travel times between
“That put us behind schedule, we don't know how much at this
point,” said Kimberly Dinwiddie, ODOT Community Affairs.
The fire restrictions were lifted in late September, but not
before losing approximately four weeks of work time. The project had originally
been slated to be complete in November, and if crews will have to finish the
job in the spring, they will have to wait for the snow and ice to melt before
Dinwiddie noted that with work resuming, travelers can
expect to see paving the highway’s shoulders, installing guard rails and sign
installation in the early part of October. The work is expected to necessitate
single lane closures, with delays up to ten minutes, at times.
Once the project is complete, the signs are expected to be
operational sooner than initially thought. According to Dinwiddie, ODOT will
utilize software from the RealTime signs on Hwy. 217, with some fine tuning, to
reduce the lag time before they start working.
For more information on the RealTime sign project, visit
Eagle Creek Fire impact
Dinwiddie added that Hwy. 26 experienced “noticeable
congestion” in September during the period of time that Interstate 84 was
closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire, although no firm numbers were available at
press time. SR 14 in Washington was closed to semi-trucks at that time, with
the remaining options for getting around the closures as Hwy. 26 or routes to
Dinwiddie said that landslides are expected to impact
Interstate 84 this winter and that any future closures of the interstate could
impact traffic on Hwy. 26 in the coming months.
By Garth Guibord/MT