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US101/OR6 Traffic Improvement Project



About the Project

ODOT, in cooperation with the City of Tillamook and Tillamook County, is improving traffic performance and safety of US 101 and OR 6 through downtown Tillamook and across Hoquarton Slough. The narrow streets that these highways use were not designed to safely carry the large volume of traffic – particularly truck traffic – moving through Tillamook today.

The project passed a milestone in July of 2012 when the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and Project Management Team unanimously recommended a preferred design which was accepted by ODOT. The project will lengthen the US 101 couplet to the Hoquarton Slough by extending Pacific Avenue north beyond 1st Street and replacing the existing slough bridge with a new four-lane bridge. The new bridge will be up to 5 feet higher than the existing bridge. The project will also widen the travel lanes on Main and Pacific Avenues from 1st to 4th Streets. Turn lanes will be added at key intersections through town.

Construction has now begun. Construction has been funded as part of the State’s Jobs and Transportation Act of 2009. ODOT will continue to involve the public as the project moves forward during the design and construction phases.

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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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