The State Highway 6 at U.S. Highway 101 project is located in Tillamook County where Oregon 6 and U.S. 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.
Oregon 6 provides a connection for freight and tourist traffic from the Portland Metropolitan Area to the Oregon Coast, and U.S. 101 is a scenic route that provides a north and south connection for the entire Oregon Coast.
In historic downtown Tillamook, both highways have a dual function as main streets. Oregon 6 follows the 1st and 3rd street couplet, and U.S. 101 follows Main and Pacific Avenues. These narrow streets and intersections were not designed to carry the large volume of traffic that uses these streets today.
This causes safety problems for vehicles and pedestrians, and it causes congestion, particularly with truck traffic year round and a high volume of tourist traffic in the summer months.
The project began with a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study that identified a preferred alternative to move traffic between U.S. 101 and Oregon 6. It will also include construction of the resulting approved solution from the NEPA study. ODOT estimates that the project cost will be met by current funding resources.
BenefitsThe 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.
Design and right-of-way acquisition are currently underway and will continue into 2016. Building demolition is expected to begin in early 2016, with the highway construction expected to begin later in 2016 and be finished Fall 2018.