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The purpose of this project is to:
This project is located along U.S. 20 and OR 201 through eastern Oregon.
Design work began in 2019.
Construction is scheduled for 2023.
Total estimated cost is $12.5 million. This includes $10 million provided by HB2017 (Keep Oregon Moving Act).
U.S. 20 provides an alternate route for oversize east-west freight traffic when these vehicles are diverted from Interstate 84 because of construction, weather or other emergencies. However, some locations cannot accommodate all over-dimension loads due to curves, narrow highways and limited passing opportunities.
Larger freight transports often need to travel 35 mph or less, and take up the majority of two lanes. Delays, frustrations and hazards greet other travelers.
Depending on the size and weight of the load, truck drivers may be forced to travel 100 extra miles along OR 78 and U.S. 95 to detour around sections of U.S. 20.
We will pave existing pullouts between Riley Junction and Ontario.
Large loads impacting traffic will move in stages, using these paved pullouts to allow traffic to pass before travelling to the next pullout.
These upgrades will improve the efficiency of freight movement and make the corridor safer for all travelers.
This intersection in rural Malheur County has a higher than average crash rate. Between 2009 and 2018, it was the site of 31 crashes. Of those, 15 were injury crashes with one fatality.
A roundabout at Cairo Junction will:
Watch this short, animated video for an idea of traffic moving through the Cairo Junction roundabout.
We will investigate safety improvements at six additional intersections along the project corridor.
We will widen a section of OR 201 between Verde Drive and NW Washington Avenue, mileposts 26.17 to 25.77, to create dedicated parking space for freight haulers during freeway closures. Reducing the number of trucks parked along local streets when they are stranded in Ontario will improve safety.
During construction, travelers can expect lane closures, flaggers, possible pilot cars and delays up to 20 minutes.
When the project begins, we will update the project webpage with details.
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