Friday, June 7, 2013
With summer comes road work in Hood River County, with projects on Markham Road and on Dee Highway.
On Monday, MEI Construction of Portland will be starting work on the City of Hood River waterline southwest of Hood River.
The work will begin at Portland Road and Markham intersection and continue north on Markham for 4,500 feet.
Work begins at 7 a.m. each morning Monday through Thursday and ends each day between 5 and 7 p.m. Markham will have one-way traffic control set up and there could be delays up to 30 minutes. Accommodations for emergency services and school buses will be made and no delays will occur for those services.
All residences along Markham will also be accommodated by MEI during all driveway crossing in front of their home.
The street will be temporary-paved every night and the final paving will occur in the first weeks of July.
Culvert repairs on the west side of OR 281, the Dee Highway, will mean delays for motorists south of Hood River from June 10-14.
ODOT is restarting the project to repair the culvert on the west side of the highway at milepost 13.1, north of Trout Creek Ridge Road. The project was postponed last November because of bad weather.
Most of the work will take place at the ends of the pipe. Equipment will be parked on the shoulder of Dee Highway.
Motorists should expect daytime single-lane closures with flaggers guiding traffic and delays of up to 20 minutes.
The schedule may change due to weather or other unforeseen delays.
Preparations for the work started the week of May 20 but the repairs won’t begin until June 10, with all work scheduled to be completed by June 14.
In downtown Hood River, State Street construction will start in about a month, but vehicle traffic will not be affected. Crestline Construction will work off-street, mainly in the State Street parking lot, near Front Street, until street work begins in earnest after Labor Day.
According to City Manager Bob Francis, the city Urban Renewal Agency is scheduled to take action Monday on Crestline’s $4.4 million bid on the project.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge