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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.

Final design will soon be underway with construction expected to begin in early 2016. 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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Highway 101/6 Project Update: Downtown Tillamook construction to begin after Labor Day
July 20, 2016
By Jeannell Wyntergreen, Tillamook County Pioneer - July 19, 2016

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Last week, the Oregon Department of Transportation held its kick-off pre-construction meeting with Oregon State Bridge Construction, the company recently awarded the contract for the Highway 101/6 project. ODOT indicated that they have had very successful working relationships with OSBC on multiple projects around the state.

About 30 people attended the meeting, including representatives from ODOT, its consultants, City of Tillamook, Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce, OSBC and Just Bucket, the contractor’s excavating sub. OSBC presented a 60-day schedule indicating that it will mobilize to the job site on Aug. 9 during Tillamook County Fair Week. The company has not selected its precise job site staging area, but hopes to have that figured out in the near future. Initial work will occur by the Hoquarton Slough; construction in the downtown area will not begin until after Labor Day.

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Highway 101/6 Project Update: Stayton contractor ‘apparent low bidder’ for highway construction
May 31, 2016
By Jeannell Wyntergreen, Tillamook County Pioneer - May 27, 2016

The results are in. Bids for ODOT’s U.S. Highway 101/Highway 6 Traffic Safety Improvement Project were opened yesterday, and the “apparent low bidder” is Oregon State Bridge Construction, Inc., located out of Stayton. The company’s bid of $18,844,081.85 is slightly higher than the engineer’s estimate, but the lowest of seven bidders, who topped out at close to $25.5 million.

Oregon State Bridge is called the “apparent low bidder” because there is still a process to go through to make sure that all of its paperwork is in order and there weren’t any irregularities before it is given the official contract award. Following that, a contract needs to be developed prior to Oregon State Bridge being issued a Notice to Proceed.

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Newsletter, Winter 2015