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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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Highway 101/6 Project Traffic Update
October 21, 2016
Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce

Due to the large number of concerns received, this interim bulletin is being sent out to try to explain some of the ramifications of the recent midweek traffic reconfiguration.  As with any major change, it takes awhile to:

  1. work out all of the bugs, and
  2. get accustomed to it.

The new signage and signals have caused a fair amount of confusion with vehicles running the new red light on First and Main as some westbound vehicles turn north round the corner where there used to be a free right.  Traffic that is familiar with the intersection is trying to continue to use First Street between Pacific & Main heading west as a 3-lane as prior to construction.  There are now 2 lanes there: 1 right turn only lane and 1 straight through w/left turn arrow.  Drivers also can be frustrated by the lack of free movement as they wait for non-turning traffic in the wrong lane to clear the intersection.

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The Weekly Highway 101/6 Project News Bulletin
October 19, 2016
Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce

While there was some frustration last week with all of the lane reconfigurations getting established in the downtown, and then the storm hitting right after set-up so that no work could proceed (you will probably see some drums replacing the cones and candlesticks that were blown away or run over), the project is getting back on course this week and ramping up.  The old intersection traffic signals are coming down and the temporaries are switching on.  This critical preparation piece has been slowing the pace of project construction as a necessary step that must precede the drainage and sidewalk work on Pacific Avenue.  

Specifically, tomorrow at 8am they are going to  turn on the signal at 3rd and Pacific, then do the signal at 1st and Main starting at 7pm tomorrow night.  They will have 6 flaggers set up for that signal and striping change tomorrow night.

The next lane reconfigurations will be converting 101 immediately north of the Hoquarton into one lane each direction, going into effect tomorrow, the sawcutting and sidewalk removal work along the westside of Pacific Avenue between 4th and 3rd should also start on Thursday.  This work will continue for about a month before moving north to the block between 3rd and 2nd.

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