OR 203 is in need of repairs. The rough surface and potholes create unsafe conditions for vehicles and bicycles.
Paving the Catherine Creek Summit Sno-park is also part of the project. In winter, vehicles are parked along the highway instead of the parking lot, making winter snow removal more difficult.
Aging pavement is in poor condition and deteriorating dramatically. If not addressed, the road base could fail.
Current pavement condition makes for a challenging and rough ride for cyclists. Further degradation may cause them to weave in and out of travel lanes to avoid sections of rough road and potholes.
The sno-park is not paved and users often park along the highway shoulders. This makes plowing snow difficult.
A new road surface will provide motorists and cyclists with a smoother, safer ride.
Paving the sno-park will encourage use of the parking area. This will reduce parking along the highway, which makes winter snow removal easier.
This project includes the following elements.
We will use a variety of preservation techniques that include asphalt and chip seal.
The parking lot at Catherine Creek Summit Sno-park, at milepost 14.6, is owned and maintained by the U.S. Forest Service.
Currently gravel, the parking lot does not get a lot of use in the winter, and people tend to park their vehicles along the highway. This makes snow removal more difficult.
This parking lot at milepost 8.67 is owned by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. It will be paved as part of this project.
There are two bridges on this section of OR 203.
The bridge at mile 0.63, just east of Union, will be resurfaced. We will also replace the rail to bring it to current safety standards.
The bridge between mileposts 9.55 and 9.59, south east of Catherine Creek State Park, is an historic timber bridge built in 1940. The bridge and approaches were resurfaced in 2021. No work will take place as part of this project.
The cost for this project is $3.3 million.
The project is currently in design and goes out to bid in December 2022. Construction is scheduled for spring and summer of 2023.
We will know more about impacts when we get closer to construction. However, you can expect the following.
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