ROUTE CHANGE AND ADDITION:
We will now traveling to Burns on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays of each month.
We are now traveling Baker City Route on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.
ODOT Region 5 Road Construction Projects that could impact travel:
LA GRANDE – In a first of its kind project in Oregon, ODOT highway managers are testing new variable speed signs to provide a greater margin of safety during winter weather on Interstate 84.
Over the past few weeks, crews from ODOT have been installing variable speed signs in a critical 30 mile corridor of Interstate 84 from Ladd Canyon to Baker City.
These electronic message boards indicate a safe speed limit for vehicles when weather conditions turn adverse. Computers collect data regarding temperature, skid resistance (ice) and average motorist speed to determine the most effective speed limit for this area and then present that speed on the variable speed signs. This gives motorists additional information about their drive in order to remain safer on the highway. The signs will lower and raise speeds automatically to meet observed conditions on the roadway.
Currently, the new variable speed signs are in a test phase and are expect to go live on November 1. At that time, they will indicate the speed limit which will be enforceable by state and local police.
Motorists may notice these signs as they traverse the highway and various on-ramps between Ladd Canyon and Baker City.
ODOT Plans Rapid Ochoco Creek Bridge Move
(OR380 in Prineville)
BEND – Drivers can expect a complete closure of Combs Flat Road from US26 to SE 2nd Street beginning October 1, while the Ochoco Creek Bridge is replaced in an accelerated replacement project. Limited local access will be provided to Mountain View Drive.
Carter & Company, Inc., under contract with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), is currently working to replace the Ochoco Creek Bridge on OR 380/NE Combs Flat Road between NE Mason Drive and SE Mountain View Drive on the east end of Prineville.
The new bridge is being built immediately to the east of the existing crossing. During the closure, the old bridge will be removed, footings will be placed, and the new bridge slid into place. New curb, sidewalk, and paving will also be constructed during the closure.
The closure is anticipated to be in effect for a three week period until Oct. 22nd. During the closure, traffic will be detoured via SE Lynn Blvd. and Main Street. Local access to St. Charles Medical Center will be open to the south from Lynn Blvd. The project is expected to be complete by November 2016.
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