Highway projects may affect travel

By on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News

EASTERN OREGON – Oregon Department of Transportation is constructing over three-dozen key highway projects this year in eastern Oregon to fix pavement, sidewalks and bridges to make the highways safer and extend the life of the transportation system. Several projects are starting up in April.

Four key projects beginning early April include:

Interstate 84: Meacham-Kamela Upgrade project (#20530) between exits 238-246.

OR 7: I-84 Interchange Bike and Pedestrian Improvements project (#21471) in Baker City (sidewalk and bike lane work along Campbell Street (OR 7) from Exit 304 to Birch Street).

OR 82: Grande Ronde River (South Elgin) Bridge Repair project (#20495) near Elgin (expect single lane travel on the bridge located south of Elgin).

OR 244: Slope Repair and Rockfall Mitigation project (#20460) west of Starkey that will address the narrow shoulders and old guardrail between mileposts 35.53 and 36.15.

Please remember to watch for crews, equipment and flaggers, and to be prepared to slow down or stop when you see those orange cones and construction signs.

Distracted or inattentive driving and speed remain primary causes of crashes, so please put cell phones and other distractions away, and ease up on the gas. We want you and our crews to all get home safely at the end of the day. Remember, traffic fines double in all work zones.

The partial listing of highway projects below is sorted by county area, with interstates and U.S. highways listed first, followed by state routes. The anticipated traffic impacts are listed in bold type. Location information is listed via milepost number for the highway section, with local crossroads/landmarks identified. Construction timeframes are estimates and subject to change.