ODOT gives Lane County highway construction update

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Construction Information for Aug. 19 to 26

Aug. 19, 2019 — Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is committed to providing a safe and efficient transportation system. ODOT invests in Oregon’s future through roadway improvement projects. Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work zones. For updates on traffic, “Know Before You Go” at TripCheck.com or call 511.


On the Siuslaw River Bridge Project on Highway 101, crews are completing final touch up work. The Siuslaw River Bridge is located at the south end of Florence on Highway 101. Repairs have been made to the bridge including protective coating, seismic upgrades, improved railings and increased pedestrian access.

Crews are scheduled for night work 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., Monday, Aug. 19, to finish work on the bridge drains and sidewalk connections. Traffic should expect single lane closures.


For the ReVision Florence Streetscape and Paving Project on Highway 126 and Highway 101, people can expect day work on Highway 101 between the highway junction and the Siuslaw River Bridge. Crews are clearing and prepping subgrade on northbound Highway 101 starting at Old Town Way and working north. Expect single lane closures on northbound Highway 101 and side street closures.

There will be limited single lane closures on southbound Highway 101 during the week, Tuesday through Thursday, for finishing sidewalk and ADA improvements on southbound Highway 101.

This project is a partnership with the City of Florence to improve the streetscape, pave the road and improve ADA facilities. It is set to be completed by the end of October.

The scope of the project includes:

  • Work along Highway 101 south from the highway junction to the Siuslaw River Bridge and Highway 126 east from the highway junction to Spruce Street.
  • ADA ramps, colored concrete plazas, art plinths, street lighting, the undergrounding of overhead utilities, bike lanes, parking spaces along Highway 101, and landscaping and irrigation improvements.
  • Paving from the Highway 101/Highway 126 Junction south to the Siuslaw River Bridge.

North of Florence on Highway 101, there are three bridge projects between Neahkahnie Mountain Chasm and Cape Creek Bridge.

  • Cape Creek Bridge, north of Florence: Installation of a new cathodic protection system and bridge repairs are underway. Crews are working on surface prep of the concrete, which will be followed by bridge repair work and the protective coating installation.
    Night work is expected Monday, Aug. 19, through Wednesday, Aug. 21, for crack injecting work at Cape Creek from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. People can expect single lane closures.
  • Cape Perpetua Half Viaduct, south of Yachats: A new cathodic protection system is being installed, including installing a wind turbine generator under the bridge to power the system. Crews are fabricating the walkway platform underneath the bridge.
  • Neahkahnie Mountain Chasm, north of Manzanita: A rockfall fence to prevent rocks and debris from falling onto the highway was installed and bridge repair work was completed in May.

All three bridges are to be completed by the end of December 2020.


East of Florence on Highway 126 is the new Walker Creek – Chickahominy Creek Passing Lane. Construction resumes on Aug. 19 to install a large box culvert. Expect daytime flagger with short delays. 24-hour flagging begins Monday, Aug. 26, for about a week.

A westbound passing lane is being installed from milepost 32.36 to milepost 31.56, just west of Walton. The road is being widened on both sides to make room for the additional lane. The project also includes new pavement, signs, striping, guardrail and water quality features. 


For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/ or check TripCheck.com for road conditions.


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