ODOT holds open house to show construction projects

Jan. 12, 2022 — Now through Feb. 1, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is hosting a construction online open house to update people on 2022 road construction.

The site, odotopenhouse.org/r2-construction-2022, shows what ODOT is constructing in 2022 in the Willamette Valley and on the north coast. People can browse the open house to see projects in Lane County; Lincoln, Benton and Linn counties; Yamhill, Polk, Marion and Western Clackamas counties; and Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Western Washington Counties.

According to ODOT, several of the projects are still in design and ODOT is working on finalizing construction plans. In addition, the information in the online open house may change and be updated. 

In Lane County, construction will continue on several projects in Eugene, as well as repairs to Indian Creek Bridge on Highway 36 and increasing accessibility by adding curb ramps on Highway 101 from Munsel Lake Road to Highway 126.

ODOT will also begin ADA Curb Ramp Improvements in Veneta, install Curve Warning Signs on Highways 126, 36 and 500, and work on projects in Creswell, Junction City, Cottage Grove and beyond. On Highway 101, ODOT will work on Big Creek Bridge, located between Florence and Yachats.

The Big Creek Bridge is a historic bridge built in 1931, designed by Conde McCullough, who worked for ODOT for more than 20 years and is known for designing many of Oregon's iconic coastal bridges.

“To ensure that the bridge remains in service for many years to come, we need to make some repairs,” ODOT stated. “We are: repairing or replacing the bridge handrail with replica handrail; repairing damaged concrete on arches above the deck; and repairing arch bracing above the deck.”

ODOT anticipates starting construction in early 2022. 

When construction starts, people can expect intermittent lane closures as the contractor moves equipment around to work on the bridge. Crews will work on one side of the bridge at a time and lanes will be open when work is not being performed.

Additional projects, along with individual project webpages, are available to view through odotopenhouse.org/r2-construction-2022. 

People are invited to submit questions, concerns and considerations to ODOT.