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US 101/OR 6 Improvements

Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Friday 15 September 2017 at 12:49 pm

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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Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Monday 11 September 2017 at 11:39 am

South of the bridge:

  • Parking on Main will be closed from First to Fourth and barriers will begin to go up in front of Sunflower Flats, Annie’s Country Sportswear, Everything Pets, Tangled Yarns and Pacific Restaurant (opening soon).
  • Third Street will be closed to all westbound traffic until Stillwell. No right turn on Third from Main.
  • ·Pedestrians will need to utilize the services being offered by Tillamook County Transit to get north of First St. The schedule is available at http://www.nworegontransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TCTD-Brochure.pdf. After hours, call: 503-457-7009 to schedule a shuttle pick up.
  • Traffic on First Street between Main and Pacific will become two-way **NOTE: Follow the lights and arrows hanging with the lights. Striping has gone down ahead of the traffic switch in spots and can be confusing.
  • ·Front St access from Main will be closed. 
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Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Friday 01 September 2017 at 11:15 am

Starting Tuesday September 5th:

  • The southbound bridge will be closed and traffic diverted in to a two-way pattern on the new bridge.
  • Parking on Main Street from First to Fourth will be closed, parking along Ivy is available.

As the next phase of the project kicks off, we will see lots of activity finalizing sidewalks from the new bridge. That's going to create a lot of pedestrian bridge crossing challenges, but thanks to great partnership with the Tillamook Transportation District and ODOT, bussing will be available at no cost to move people back and forth across the bridge while the sidewalks are being completed.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Thursday 24 August 2017 at 6:12 pm

The summer construction season is wrapping up quickly, and we will be seeing some big changes on the ground throughout the Highway 101/6 project. Definitely expect night work- paving on Pacific is a priority, and this week we will be navigating single lane closures as paving begins, with a full detour in place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night next week. Pacific Ave. will be closed from fourth street north to First St. at night, and traffic will be detoured using Laurel and Fourth Street as alternatives to Pacific and Third.

The bioswales along Pacific will be drained, and, once all of the liners are down, the filtration pipe installed and the first layers of fill will be placed in the coming weeks. This should cut down on the standing water and make cleaning and maintenance simpler. A downtown cleanup effort is set for Friday, September 1st, from 9-noon. Organized by Tillamook High School Senior River Veek, this event is part of his larger Senior Project, in which he has mapped the downtown and recruited service organizations to adopt blocks during community clean up days. The debris build up in the bioswales has underscored how important these community cleanup efforts are.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Thursday 17 August 2017 at 11:02 am

Summary:

  • No construction during eclipse weekend (Friday-Tuesday)
  • Lots of night work
  • Lane closures for paving
  • Filling of bioswale pits
  • Work starts on 3rd and Main in front of Sunflower Flats- Sunflower Flats remains open.

Hello Tillamook,

The rest of August is dedicated to finishing touches on Pacific Ave., focusing on finishing curbs and sidewalks, drainage details, grading, paving, and striping. Expect lane closures on Pacific the next few weeks and lots of night work the rest of the month as crews scurry around to make up for time lost as they step away this Friday through next Tuesday in an attempt to clear as much space as possible for highly anticipated eclipse traffic.

The priority is to finalize paving on Pacific from 4th St. all the way over the new bridge in preparation for the fall transition that will bring the demolition of the old bridge. That will mean another change in traffic patterns, which will be released around Labor Day. In the meantime, please continue to drive carefully and attentively through the construction area, watching for lane closures.

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Major traffic switch planned for Tillamook Project starting Friday morning

Tuesday 01 August 2017 at 1:09 pm

TILLAMOOK—A major traffic shift is scheduled to occur on the U.S. 101 at OR 6 Tillamook Project starting Friday morning, August 4 at 6 a.m.  Motorists traveling through the construction zone will want to slow down and proceed with caution as they get used to the new configuration. 

The traffic changes are as follows:

  • Northbound U.S. 101 traffic will use the new extension of Pacific Avenue north of 1st Street (OR 6).  Currently, northbound U.S. 101 traffic uses Main Street and is diverted to the east half of the new bridge. Travelers will no longer be able to turn north at 1st and Main;
  • Westbound OR 6 traffic heading north will turn right at Pacific Avenue;
  • Northbound U.S. 101 traffic will cross OR 6 and continue north; and
  • Eastbound OR 6 traffic heading north will need to use 3rd Street and turn left onto northbound U.S. 101.

This is not the permanent traffic pattern. The traffic shift was planned and is part of the staged construction.  The three-year project is on schedule to be completed in the fall of 2018.

See map for reference.

For more information: Lou Torres, 503-986-2880,  louis.c.torres@odot.state.or.us

Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Tuesday 01 August 2017 at 11:30 am

Hello Tillamook,

Chief Terry Wright sent out this Press Release, which lines out the upcoming big traffic changes nicely.

Some quick bullet points:

  • New stretch of Pacific between First and the new 101 bridge opens Friday
  • NO northbound traffic on Main
  • Return to two lane traffic on Third between Main and Pacific
  • This is not the permanent traffic pattern- things will continue to change as the project moves forward.

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Press Release
TO: All Community Members, Partners and Businesses
FROM: Chief Terry Wright
RE: Phase 2a ODOT traffic Change
DATE: July 31, 2017

During the nighttime of Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, THIS THURSDAY Night, there will be traffic changes in the construction zone that WILL impact you. These are scheduled changes in the project. This pattern will be for about a month. There will be other changes in the future that will impact everyone. You can also access the current Chamber diagram for information on the project and upcoming changes at http://tillamookchamber.org/highwayproject.

The first major change is eastbound 1st Street, going towards Main Street from Stillwell Avenue. For at least the next month, when you get to Main Street, you can only turn right, south on Main Avenue through Downtown. You cannot turn left to go to North Main Avenue towards Fred Meyer, Northbound. If you are on First Street, the only way to go north is to go south to Third Street, through Downtown then left on Third Street and left on Pacific Avenue.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update

Wednesday 26 July 2017 at 2:18 pm

Happy Tuesday, Tillamook!

The immediate news is that this Thursday night (July 27th) paving begins on the new stretch of Pacific between the intersection with 1st street up to the new bridge. If you’ve been through that intersection recently in the last few days, you may have had time to notice the growing pile of rubble from the old post office wall and the rapidly appearing curb work. A week ago, it was still easier to visualize through a drawing, but this week the future road span is evident. Expect flagging and delays along with the night work as the final curbing and grading takes place along the east side of Pacific to the south of the new paving.  

The completion of that new stretch of Pacific leading to the bridge means that it will be time to adjust to a new traffic pattern. There are some serious last-minute negotiations to take in to consideration, and the leadership team is still hammering out the next temporary traffic pattern. We anticipate a finalized traffic pattern for this next stage of construction prior to the striping early next week, which we will forward along as soon as we have it, but in the meantime: BE CAREFUL! Police Chief Terry Wright urged me to relay how critical it is for all drivers in the area to be extremely focused as we travel through the construction area in the coming months. New road, new routes, new striping, new arrows, lots of cars on the road- constant vigilance!

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