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ODOT Region 2 JTA Projects

House Bill 2001, also known as the Oregon Jobs and Transportation Act, is the transportation funding plan adopted by the 2009 Legislature. This site contains information on the following JTA projects within ODOT Region 2:

Beltline Highway at Delta Highway (Eugene/Springfield)

The project is expected to alleviate congestion and unsafe conditions in the Beltline Highway corridor, particularly at the interchange of Beltline Highway (OR 569) and Delta Highway (Lane County road), through the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). 

US101/OR6 Traffic Improvement Project (Tillamook)

The project is located in Tillamook County where State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 101 come together in historic downtown Tillamook. The project will be designed to improve the safety and operations of these two highways as they converge. The project will also make the downtown intersections more efficient for those traveling through downtown and safer for everyone. 

Highway 99W Newberg Dundee Bypass

This project is located near the Oregon 99W corridor, where the highway passes through Newberg and Dundee in eastern Yamhill County. The project will provide an alternate route for local commuter and freight traffic around the congestion in Dundee and south Newberg, reducing the number of vehicles using Oregon 99W. 

I-5 at Beltline (Eugene/Springfield)

This modernization project has been divided into smaller sections to make it easier to construct parts of the project as funding becomes available. Remaining work will continue to modernize the interchange, which serves interstate, regional, and local traffic to the surrounding residential and commercial centers.

I-5 at Kuebler Interchange (Salem)

This project will upgrade the existing interchange to support the area’s planned expansion by adding an additional loop ramp and modifying the eastbound to southbound ramp and the existing southbound off ramp. 

I-5 at Mill Creek (Salem)

The Mill Creek Corporate Center (MCCC) is a partnership between the State of Oregon and the City of Salem to create a major employment center on agricultural land previously owned by the Oregon Department of Corrections in Southeast Salem.

Woodburn Interchange and Transit Facility

The project will improve the existing interchange and add a transit facility to improve traffic flow and safety and promote economic development in Woodburn and the surrounding area.


Region 2 JTA Project News

Chamber of Commerce Project Update Rain, Zippers and Pork Chops- Another Week in the Highway Project - October 16, 2017

“Weather dependent” was the most used phrase at this week’s Highway Project meeting. Almost all aspects of the project are impacted by rainfall, and crews are constantly trying to predict where to dive in based on the forecast. The work on Main Street in the vaults in front of Everything Pets and Tangled Yarns was delayed slightly while waiting for an inspection, but has now received a green light and excavation and structural reinforcement will get going in the coming days, followed as soon as possible by concrete fill and then curbing and sidewalk building. Electrical work on both temporary and permanent signals on both Pacific and Main will be ongoing in the next couple of weeks, and lane closures may be necessary to accommodate that work.

One of the concerns that has been brought forward is the signage for the merging on southbound 101. Traffic back-ups are challenging and many folks have expressed significant frustration at cars who speed up in the right lane and are “cutting” in the traffic line. When discussing this at the ODOT table, I was directed to an instructional video on “Zipper Merging,” which, while a common practice elsewhere, is foreign to us polite, considerate Mooks. Here is a link to the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX0I8OdK7Tk I recognize that this email and this link are unlikely to change driving patterns that are an inherent part of our culture, but I am hopeful we can together spread the word that “Zipper Merging” is not just jerky people rushing to the front of the line, but rather a taught driving practice. A reminder that we are often all just doing our best that we know how to do.

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Construction woes remain similar for next year By Jordan Wolfe, Tillamook Headlight Hearald - September 28, 2017 - October 5, 2017

The past year of construction, according to City Manager Paul Wyntergreen, has been the warm-up for the second half of the Highway 101/6 Project. 

“This is the year when it really hits home – Main Avenue,” he said. “I’d say we’re into this until mid-summer 2018 – and, theoretically, early fall 2018.” 

For the most part, the traffic patterns – and the coinciding traffic congestion – will not ease up until work is complete in one year. 

“We’ll lighten up with the end of tourist season, however,” Wyntergreen said. 

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update - October 5, 2017

As promised, the new bridge rails are up and very hard to miss! Bridge news this week is that while pedestrian access is still closed, much progress has been made and things appear on target to open near the end of the month. On the west side of the bridge area, where the new bridge is being built, the large machines are all in place. Impressive excavation has occurred, and the drilling is set to start late this week.

On Pacific, local landscaping contractors Bros and Hoes are setting pavers this week, and electricians are installing more the permanent fixtures, including crossing signals at Third and Fourth Street. This brings us a step closer to the removal of the temporary posts that are responsible for some of the odd guy-wires that we currently see in the area.

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A new downtown emerging in Tillamook By Lori Tobias, The Oregonian - October 2, 2017

Despite the best efforts of local businesses, downtown Tillamook had been fading for years -- the victim of age, big box retailers and the growing dominance of online shopping.

The city has worked hard to change that, and is now banking that a $38.2 million revitalization project will make the city center as appealing to locals and tourists as the famed cheese factory nearby.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is two years into a three-year project that has turned downtown into a construction zone. It includes two new bridges, wider streets, new crosswalks, and expanded bike and pedestrian paths. There’s also a new plaza and significant streetscape enhancements. The work was largely funded by the 2009 Jobs and Transportation Act. 

Read the full story on The Oregonian Live.

Chamber of Commerce Project Update - September 27, 2017

This week on Main Street we are seeing exactly how big of a deal the vault underneath the corner of Third and Main is! Monday crews boarded up the Main St windows of Sunflower Flats to protect the windows during the excavation. The Sunflower Flats team rushed over to Rosenberg’s and purchased spray paint to create some temporary signage, where they highlighted that they are open, that there are parking opportunities on Pacific, and their website, where folks can place orders and request deliveries. Tuesday morning the excavators came rolling in, and the sidewalks were demolished and rubble scraped out. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, crews will be on site building forms for the footings in that vault, and then next week forming the walls while setting the footings in the next two (much smaller) vaults just to the north in front of Everything Pets and Tangled Yarns. Because of the depth and size of the corner vault, it will take a few weeks for all of the concrete work to be poured and cured prior to the final fill. All fingers are crossed that the rain will be minimal.

The need for dry weather extends to manhole work and grading on Front Street. The rain we had last week provided a glimpse at areas that would be inundated if opened during a storm, so crews are watching the weather closely as they move equipment around the site and planning where to start based on forecasts. The extension in front of the museum property on the corner of Pacific and First is also on deck for grading in preparation of the radial concrete work that will be done there, although progress may vary depending on weather.

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Newberg-Dundee Bypass Revealed Newberg Graphic - September 27, 2017
Hundreds turn out Saturday to get a firsthand look at the route due to open later this year
With the first phase of the Newberg-Dundee bypass slated to open in a matter of months, hundreds gathered over the weekend to get an up-close view of what has been more than two decades in the making.

The event, billed as "Play on the Bypass," began early Saturday morning with a 5K run/walk that traveled a southwestern loop toward Dundee. More than 285 runners and walkers enjoyed the event under cloudy, but dry skies, and the atmosphere was celebratory.

"It was wonderful to see, well organized and … it was just fun to walk it, knowing someday all the cars will be here," said Annie Lee, a Newberg resident.
'Play on the Bypass' set for this Saturday By Gary Allen, The Newberg Graphic - September 23, 2017 - September 23, 2017

Officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation have set a firm date for their "Play on the Bypass" event, which will provide Newberg and Dundee residents with a chance to get an up close and personal look at the thoroughfare designed to decrease traffic traversing the two towns.

Set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, ODOT and the two contractors responsible for constructing the first phase of the bypass are welcoming residents to walk, run or bike along the 3.5-mile route that stretches from Highway 219 south of Newberg to the "fish-hook" ramp just west of Dundee on Highway 99W.

"While the project is on schedule to be completed late this year, this casual and fun event provides a chance to see what has been built before the bypass opens to vehicles," a press release from ODOT stated.

Read the full article on the Newberg Graphic website.

Chamber of Commerce Project Update - September 21, 2017

This week the big action news is the transition of demolition on First St from in front of the Pioneer Museum westward to the block in front of the Rodeo. Right now, traffic directly in front of the Rodeo is two lanes eastbound to access northbound Pacific and go across the bridge- we will see the lane closest to the sidewalk in front of the Rodeo close for the demolition process and traffic from southbound Main and eastbound First St. will have one lane to utilize for the left hand turn on to Pacific headed north. In summary, this should not cause much disruption to the traffic pattern as we have come to know it.

What you are not seeing this week is any more excavation on Main St. When accessing the large vault in front of Sunflower Flats in preparation to start the dig, contractors discovered a large amount of private property debris which was not present during the original inspection. The debris will need to be removed prior to reinforcing the vault and filling it with lightweight concrete. Rather than start the excavation and expose the vault to flooding potential, the contractors are on hold while ODOT and the property owners come to an arrangement about removing the debris. Hopefully this will be resolved quickly and we will see that vault work wrap up quickly so Main St. work can get going.

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Party on the bypass By Yamhill-Valley News Register - September 18, 2017 - September 18, 2017

People, leashed dogs, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and rollerskates – but not cars – are being invited onto the first phase of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass for a Saturday event the state Department of Transportation is billing as Play on the Bypass.

Designed to serve as an open house of sorts, it’s set to run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will give the public its first up-close work at a project due for completion by year’s end.

Read the full article on Yamhill Valley News Register's website.

Chamber of Commerce Project Update - September 15, 2017

After a stressful week of setting up the new traffic footprint last week, this week we see crews starting to break ground (quite literally) on this phase of the project. Starting this evening about 5:30, final striping on Pacific begins. Today was a great example of how we will continue to have to adjust within the new traffic pattern for specific project components. The striping tonight will require shifting traffic around on Pacific, which forced the closure of parking on both sides of Pacific throughout the day today- a very challenging situation for downtown businesses. Customers at Diamond Art Jewelers, So Chic Boutique and Homelife Furniture found themselves parking either along Fourth St. or in the lot behind the old Muddy Waters location on the corner of Third and Ivy.

Another area of intense focus for contractors is the sidewalks that will allow the bridge to be reopened to pedestrian traffic. Currently, there is no pedestrian traffic allowed on the bridge. Tillamook Police have issued warnings for people attempting to walk through the area. A shuttle system has been set up utilizing the bus, and, for those who need to cross during the night when the bus is not running, an account has been set up for them to use Dial-a-Ride so that people can move from north to south safely until the completion of the sidewalks, which is estimated to be mid-October.

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