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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

Oil tank discovery hiccup for highway project - December 6, 2017

The discovery of an oil tank containing liquid has slowed progression on the Highway 101/6 Project in downtown Tillamook.

“We sample the contents of the tank to determine the type of material in the tank,” Lou Torres, regional ODOT Public Affairs Specialist, said. “If it is heating oil, we follow procedures as established by Oregon DEQ. If it is not heating oil, then there is a more rigorous procedure to follow.”

The oil tank is located on Main Avenue just north of Fourth Street.

“The tank sits approximately 14 feet underground and still holds a small amount of oil,”

Sierra Lauder, Director of Events and Downtown Promotions for Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce, wrote in last week’s Highway 101/6 Project update, “An environmental specialist has come out to draw a sample, and once results from that sample are in, the tank will be vacuumed out to allow for an inspection of the tank itself. That inspection will inform the next steps of how to address the issue."

While the tank and its contents are inspected, Torres said it is unlikely the tank will be removed.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update - December 6, 2017

The big news this week is the disruption of the smooth sailing we’ve been predicting on the block of Main between Third and Fourth. South of the entrance to Diamond Art Jewelry a large underground oil tank was discovered. The tank sits approximately fourteen feet underground, and still holds a small amount of oil. An environmental specialist has come out to draw a sample, and once results from that sample are in, the tank will be vacuumed out to allow for an inspection of the tank itself. That inspection will inform the next steps of how to address the issue. This is a great time to cross your fingers and hope for the best.

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Tillamook and Florence Invest in Curb Appeal - December 4, 2017

If you’ve visited Tillamook lately, you’ve likely noticed a lot of construction vehicles and heavy equipment. The Oregon Department of Transportation is two years into a three-year project aimed at improving traffic flow, expanding bike and pedestrian paths, and creating public gathering spaces.

Known as the U.S. Highway 101/Oregon Highway 6 Traffic Safety Improvement Project, the $38.2 million revitalization includes a new multi-modal bridge across Hoquarton Slough, improvements to Hoquarton Park, a new trail from Hoquarton Park to Goodspeed Park, and a new public plaza at 2nd Street and Pacific Avenue.

Read full story on the Visit the Oregon Coast website.

Bypass prepares to open in December Newberg Graphic - November 22, 2017

ODOT officials says traffic pattern monitoring will beginimmediately after the new highway is opened to the public

The Newberg-Dundee bypass is on its home stretch of construction work before opening in mid- to late-December. Workers are putting the finishing touches on the first phase of the thoroughfare, painting the road striping as well as completing the artistic designs on some of the bridges. They are installing the last signage and completing guardrail work in some spots. The two new signalized intersections are all but ready to be activated and ODOT will be installing TripCheck cameras to show road conditions online.

"It's mainly just getting things to the point where we're ready to open it for traffic," said Lou Torres, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 18, at a yet-to-be-determined location. Gov. Kate Brown and ODOT Director Matt Garrett will speak at the event.

Read full article at Newberg Graphic

Newberg-Dundee Bypass ribbon cutting set December 18; road to open at a later date - November 21, 2017

Governor Brown to be keynote speaker at ribbon cutting

The official ribbon cutting of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1 project is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, December 18, it was announced by the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Governor Kate Brown and other federal, state and local dignitaries will be held at a location on the Bypass.

ODOT will officially open the Bypass to all travelers at a later date as the contractor nears the end of construction.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is being sponsored by ODOT and the Yamhill County Parkway Committee and is open to the general public. Parking for the event will be on the Bypass. More information on the location, directions to the event and other important information will be made available as we get closer to December 18.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update - November 15, 2017

Main Street View

Work to the south of the Diamond Art entrance continues this week. Where just a week ago sidewalk removal was beginning, now the bioswale is beginning to take shape, with the infrastructure for the storm water coming this week, and concrete forms coming in next week (weather dependent, of course).

Things continue to progress quickly, despite a turn toward the wetter weather. This week on Main St., the bioswale area in front of Sunflower Flats with the beehive structure has been established and concrete crews have been hard at work putting together forms to start the curb and gutter work there. Further south, from Diamond Art Jewelers to the corner of 4th, excavation has continued, and the underground pipe work for the bioswale and the beehives is underway. The goal on Main is to push through until Thanksgiving, and then return from the holiday ready to dive in to the two vaults in front of Tangled Yarns and Pacific Restaurant. In order to start that work, pedestrian access to Tangled Yarns, Everything Pets, and Annie's Country Sportswear, will be swapped so that the approach is from Third St, and the Sunflower Flats corner.

The excavation crew and the concrete team are involved in an elaborate dance across the entire downtown construction zone. In addition to taking turns on those corners along Main, they are continuing to try and wrap up the sidewalks north of the new bridge, get the grading complete in front of the museum, and begin the foundational work in front of America's Mattress for the next step of rebuilding the road there.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update - November 8, 2017

Main Street View

Diamond Art Jewelers shared this photo from their front step this morning. The sidewalk demolition is complete, and the new bioswale has been excavated. Forms for the bioswale and the new sidewalk will be coming in soon.

The cold but dry weather has been very helpful for all of the excavation work that has been happening throughout the project this past week. In front of the Pioneer Museum, grading and leveling the base layer in anticipation of the future radial concrete has been progressing steadily. Next week we may see the formation of curbs and gutters in that area, (all things dependent on weather, of course) which will be an exciting visual.

 Along Main, the sidewalk demolition in front of Sunflower Flats has been completed, and the end of this week will see the final installation of the liner and aggregate that will sit below the sidewalk. The vault just north of that, between Everything Pets and Annie’s Country Sportswear, will wait for lining and fill until after that stretch of sidewalk is removed. Based on engineering, inspections, and timing, the demolition of the sidewalk on the south half of the block between Third and Fourth has been the next step for the excavation crew, and they have made quick work of the sidewalk removal there. Passing by, it is easy to see where the future bioswale will be located. The lack of vaults there has made that stretch fairly straightforward, and it looks like forms for the sidewalk could start to go in late this week.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update - October 31, 2017

Highway 101/6 Project Update

Happy Halloween! As I type, chaos is unfolding in front of the Chamber office in the form of Downtown Trick-or-Treating. The construction crews have definitely taken this event in to consideration, and heavy equipment and active work has been moved to accommodate the crowds. Police Chief Terry Wright has mustered his flagging squad to assist families back and forth across the streets, as safety in the midst of this project is a top priority.

A quick update on the overview of the project:

The manhole work that took place late last week in the middle of the intersection of First and Main was smooth and successful, which minimized the length of time the intersection had to be flagged. The dry weather has meant excavation work has been able to move along quickly, and the vault work on Main and the sidewalk and expanded landing in front the Pioneer Museum on the corner of First and Pacific have been progressing nicely. The rest of this week will include the final removal of old materials from the vaults in front of Sunflower Flats, Everything Pets and Tangled Yarns, as well as the placement of the last layers of fill and the waterproof membrane that will be installed below the sidewalk. That work will set the stage for a big next step: the beginning of demolition of the stretch of Main in front of Diamond Art Jewelers down to the corner of Fourth and Main near Wells Fargo. The block will be torn up in two sections, with that southern section coming out first. All involved are optimistic that the stretch there will go quickly, as there are no underground vaults to address. That corner will feature a bioswale, as will the corner in front of Sunflower Flats. The plan is to begin the layout of both bioswales in the next few weeks in tandem with each other.

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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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