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Additional U.S. 101 southbound lane in Tillamook to open on May 24

Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 11:13 am

Nighttime work to start on Pacific Avenue

TILLAMOOK— An additional southbound lane on U.S. 101 at the Hoquarton Bridge is scheduled to open earlier than expected on Wednesday, May 24 as part of the U.S. 101/OR 6 Project in Tillamook. A northbound lane is being shifted on to the new bridge restoring two lanes southbound. The plan was to have two lanes open in each direction by Memorial Day but that will not happen until later in the summer.

Also, starting on Tuesday, May 30 the contractor will be working at nights, Sunday to Thursday between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Pacific Avenue. The night work is expected to be completed in early July at the latest.  Travelers can expect short delays during nighttime construction. 

After Memorial Day, the contractor will have two lanes open on Pacific Avenue during the day in Tillamook. Overall, the project is still on-schedule to be completed by the end of 2018.

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Highway 101/6 Project Updates

Tuesday 23 May 2017 at 11:10 am

Tonight’s the night that the switch gets flipped.  The asphalt crews will be working on the bridge from 7:00 PM until 2:00 AM at which time the night flaggers arrive so that the stripers can begin their work of grinding out the old striping and laying down the new travel lanes.  Come tomorrow morning, Wednesday the 24th, the new bridge will be accepting its first traffic. 

One lane of northbound traffic will be wiggled around the old Shell Station and guided up main to tie in over onto the new bridge come Wednesday morning.  For the duration of Wednesday, there will also be a single lane southbound on Main as the contractors complete the transition.  Once Thursday rolls around, traffic can return to two lanes southbound.

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Highway 101/6 Project Updates

Thursday 18 May 2017 at 11:31 am

In addition to flowers and tourists, the sunshine that is on its way is going to be coating the town with asphalt.  When the sun burns through tomorrow morning, expect to see the project crews swarming over the bridge this entire weekend as they ready the new structure to accept traffic on the 24th of this month (Wednesday of next week). 

To do that, the balance of the bridge sidewalks, rails, and overlook need to get poured in order to ready everything for the pavers, who are coming on Monday.  Once the pavers arrive, plans are to work right through Monday and Tuesday nights getting the bridge paved in two three-inch lifts and a temporary tie-in laid back to Main Avenue.  Late on Tuesday night, the flaggers and stripers will take over, realigning the lanes so that northbound traffic up main will be guided over onto the new bridge come Wednesday morning.

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Spring 2017 Construction Update

Monday 15 May 2017 at 2:24 pm

The U.S. 101/OR 6 Traffic Improvement Project is nearing the end of its first construction stage. Since last summer, construction crews have made significant progress towards completing the bridge over Hoquarton Slough, replacing sidewalks on Pacific Avenue (US 101 northbound), and the new 2nd Street Plaza. The 2nd Street Plaza should be available to host a series of public events starting in mid-June.

The contractor is currently working on the east half of the new bridge with one lane open in each direction. While the original goal was to have two lanes in each direction open by Memorial Day, the contractor will be able to open two southbound lanes and one northbound lane by June 9. The project is still on track to have two lanes open on Pacific Avenue by Memorial Day, and the delay will not affect the anticipated completion of the project by the end of 2018.

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Highway 101/6 Project Update

Wednesday 10 May 2017 at 5:10 pm

Now that the sun has finally arrived from wherever it was vacationing, safety orange is blossoming everywhere.  The crews, whether ODOT contractors or City’s, or even the telecommunications cablemen, are out there working on just about every other street downtown, making hay while the sun shines. 

And just when you were getting used to it, the northbound traffic on Pacific Avenue will switch to the other side tonight after the nightwork crews sweep the lanes, throws some asphalt mix in the conduit trenches across the road, and restripes the travel lanes.  You will be driving on the west side of Pacific Avenue tomorrow morning and that will allow the contractors to start sawcutting the eastside sidewalks on Thursday.  The whole thing is getting rather breathless in its pacing.

The future realignment of Pacific is beginning to be recognizable as the cellcrete approaches have been mixed and formed up so that you can see the new curve wrap around the old Shell station on the south side of the bridge as it chases the excavation up the hill.  The long lines of concrete trucks have been pouring their hearts out getting the deck laid on the bridge itself.  On the north side, the widened road will be ready to be paved next week so that the contractors can tie-in the old road to the new on the night of the 24th and switch the traffic over on the 25th.

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Contaminated groundwater issue causes short term delay in downtown project

Wednesday 03 May 2017 at 12:09 pm

Additional lanes to open after Memorial Day; project is still on schedule to be completed by late 2018

TILLAMOOK— A goal to open two lanes of U.S. 101 in both directions by Memorial Day will be delayed until later this summer because of a significant amount of contaminated groundwater that was discovered during excavation at the site of the U.S. 101/OR 6 Project in Tillamook.

To address the problem, the contractor will need to perform extra work, pushing back the first deadline for work accomplished.

The plan was to have the east half of the Hoquarton Slough Bridge finished by Memorial Day with two lanes open on U.S. 101 in both directions. Now, that will not happen until later in the summer.
The contractor is currently working on the east half of the bridge with one lane open in both directions. The goal is to have one additional southbound lane open before June 9. Also, after Memorial Day, the contractor will have two lanes open on Pacific Avenue in Tillamook. Overall, the project is still on-schedule to be completed by the end of 2018.

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Highway 101/6 Project Update

Wednesday 03 May 2017 at 12:04 pm

The project crews continue to push six and seven days a week in an effort to keep the progress steaming forward.  The buff-colored decorative concrete is set to be poured tomorrow between the dark ribbons and the terra-cotta accent pads that are already in place; the concrete quilt is coming together.  The driller’s in town working the corner by the Wells Fargo Bank and moving up Pacific in order to ensure that all traffic signal foundations are set in the next two weeks.  The bridgework assembly is clicking together in rapid production with a projected asphalt course being applied on the 22nd of this month.  All this without any additional nightwork in the next couple of weeks.

That said, the Chamber was informed on Tuesday that ODOT would be issuing a press release today with an important scheduling announcement regarding the bridge approaches.  We will forward that release to you once it is received, we anticipate this to be a short-term project delay notice.

In order for the contractors to position for the demolition of the east side sidewalks, the traffic will be flopped to the west side of the street next Monday, presuming that the weather materializes as forecast so that the restriping can be done.  This will still leave some work to be done next week on the west side walkways between 2nd (Blue Moon) and 1st (Rodeo) but that will be handled by a temporary lane closure for that short-term work.

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Highway 101/6 Project Update

Thursday 27 April 2017 at 4:16 pm

The Second Street Plaza is blooming in the rain.  The revelation of the new stamped and colored concrete corners on Pacific Avenue have already brightened up the dreary weather. 

Now the forms are being set for the pouring of the striking dark gray “tactile paver strip” that will serve as the visual “curbing” on the street to differentiate the pedestrian from the vehicular areas when cars are using the westbound one-way.    When the plaza is blocked off from traffic for special events, the flat strip will not trip dancers or audience members.

Between the patterns established by those two colors, the variously-scored pebble-color concrete sections which form the base lines of the plaza will be poured over the next three weeks.  Then during the week of the May 21st, the benches, bollards, and light poles will be placed in order for the entire plaza to be ready to open by the weekend of Memorial Day.  And then be used as part of the June Dairy Parade festivities.

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