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Oregon Department of Transportation logoOR 551 at Ehlen Road                   

We are currently designing a project at the OR 551 and Ehlen Road intersection.
Construction is planned to start in 2021.

The goal of this project is to address safety concerns and the flow of traffic in the area.

You can use this online open house to learn more about:

  • Project details.
  • What changes we will be making at the OR 551 and Ehlen Road intersection.
  • The new county connector road.
  • How construction may impact you.
  • Ask questions that you may have about the project. 

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1. Si desea obtener información sobre este proyecto traducida al español, sírvase llamar al 503-731-4128.


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Learn more about this intersection.
Learn more about the new connector road.
Learn how you may be impacted.
Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

About the Project

Our goal is to improve the flow of traffic through OR 551, Ehlen Road, and Boones Ferry Road. 

To learn more about the project visit the project webpage

Visit the project webpage to learn more  

OR 551 and Ehlen Road work includes: 

  • Build signalized left-turn lanes on each side of Ehlen Road at the intersection.
  • Install a concrete traffic separator on the west side of Ehlen Road to restrict left turns.
  • Build a new county connector road between Boones Ferry Road and OR 551.
  • Construct dedicated right-hand turn lanes off of OR 551 onto the new Julia Road NE.

To see where the work will be located, view the interactive map below. Click on the construction areas for more details.

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OR 551 and Ehlen Road Intersection Details

The OR 551 and Ehlen Road intersection has long traffic delays and safety concerns. We are making improvements at this intersection to help reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes that result from the high traffic volume.

Project mapAt this intersection we will: 

  • Add left-turn lanes that will create a space for cars to move into as they wait to turn, allowing other cars to not be held up. 
  • Install dedicated left-turn signals that will help reduce congestion and traffic backups.

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New County Connector Road

We will be constructing a new county connector road called Julia Road NE. This will be south of the Western Wagon Village. 

Map showing new county connector roadThis new road will:

  • Have a dedicated right-hand turn off of OR 551 onto the new road. We will remove two access off of OR 551 to build this new safer access. 

  • Provide a new safer way to access the Western Wagon Village.

  • We will have to remove some of the trees along OR 551 to build a safe turn lane to get onto Julia Road NE.

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Learn more about how this project will impact the Western Wagon Village.

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Construction Impacts

We are planning for construction to start in spring 2021. 

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Map showing alternate route during construction Alternate route:

  • While we are building the traffic separator at the OR 551 and Ehlen Road intersection, travelers may need to use an alternate route.
  • There will likely be lane closures and traffic control with flaggers.
  • Local residents can expect noise and delays. 
  • When the new county connector road is completed, travelers can use the new Julia Road NE instead of the alternate route.

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Questions or Comments

Please ask a question, leave a comment, or share a concern that you may have about our Ehlen Road project.We want to hear from you!

Ask a question, leave a comment, or share a concern with us about our Ehlen Road project. 

Project contact:

Paul Welch
ODOT Project Manager
(503) 986-2702

Visit our website to learn more about what projects we are currently constructing in the Willamette Valley and North Coast.Are you curious about what other projects we are constructing right now? 

Visit our Willamette Valley and North Coast construction webpage to learn more about what projects may be near you.

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