Highway 35 to undergo construction

The Oregon Department of Transportation is planning to improve Highway 35 between the northern end of Cooper Spur Road (milepost 85) and the southern end of Neal Creek Road (milepost 91). The contractor will re-pave this section and install rumble strips in an effort to improve safety and reduce crashes.

Project construction will start on April 15 and is expected to be complete in about one month.

New pavement will provide a smoother and quieter driving surface and preserve the roadway. The shoulders will also be paved providing a better riding surface for bicyclists.

Since this section of Highway 35 has a high number of crashes, ODOT is installing rumble strips along the length of this project to reduce the number of head-on, side-swipe and running-off-the-road types of crashes.

Rumble strips are a pavement treatment alerting drivers, through vibration and noise, when they stray from the travel lane. The rumble strips will be installed on the centerline and both edges of the highway, where feasible, with consideration given to bicycle traffic.

Motorists should expect single-lane closures with flaggers directing traffic from about 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. every weekday that the contractor works. Most of the work is weather-dependent and it can affect the daily work schedule.

Pilot cars will be used and motorists will need to wait at non-flagged intersections for the pilot car. Motorists may expect delays of up to 20 minutes.

For more information on the project, contact Susan Hanson, ODOT community affairs coordinator, at 503-731-3490 or via email at susan.c.hanson@odot.state.or.us.

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