Closures possible on State Street

Starting April 7 and running through May 23, some sections of State Street from Sixth Street to Front Street may be closed to vehicular traffic 24 hours a day during the work week. All streets and parking areas within the work zone will be open on the weekends.

The 24-hour closures would be needed as Crestline crews do deeper grading known as “core grading” to prepare the roadway for paving; due to the extent of the work, the road may not be restored for temporary use, according to Dusty Long of Crestline.

“It will be short stretches affected by the 24-hour closures,” Long said.

Ketchum said that it is possible no 24-hour closures are necessary, but the notice of possible closures gives Crestline the right to determine closures for operations and safety reasons.

“Our intent is not to,” Ketchum said, noting that Crestline needs the option because surprises can emerge once excavation happens, and it is not always possible to restore street access once the core grading starts on a given section.

Ketchum said he was not sure which sections of the project would first be affected by any 24-hour closures.

He confirmed that in general terms, the project is working eastward from Third Street to Front, and around to the Oak-to-First streets section. After paving and curb-and-sidewalk work are done on the eastern end, crews will work their way west from Third, he said.

“The flow is Third down to Front, and on Oak, and then we’ll be heading back west,” Ketchum said.

Anyone with concerns about 24-hour closures can contact Long at 541-288-4016 or Gary Lindemyer with the City of Hood River, 541-387-5204.

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