Date: Oct. 31, 2018 NR number: 18103115
For more information: Tom Strandberg – (541) 963-1330
The Oregon Department of Transportation and their contractors are on schedule to compete major construction activities along Oregon Highway 11 between Pendleton and Milton-Freewater by the end of next week. The painting of arrows, stop bars and other legends was completed yesterday. Work planned for the rest of this week includes finishing guardrail upgrades and continuing the application of durable striping. Durable striping work could continue next week, depending on weather conditions over the next few days. Other work anticipated next week includes installing shoulder delineators and some grading work at the ends of guardrail, as well as final clean-up work.
“We feel the worst is over, as far as long traffic delays with multiple work zones,” said ODOT Project Manager Mike Remily. “We’ve heard from some concerned travelers and are working closely with the contractor to minimize impacts as much as possible, and improve safety in the work zones.”
A highway worker was struck and killed in the OR 11 work zone earlier this summer. Last week another flagger was struck and injured. Both travelers and construction crews are anxious to have the work completed.
“Motorists should see shorter wait times next week, but we can’t eliminate them all together, yet,” Remily said. “We still need everyone to plan for delays and be mindful of work crews who are creating a safer and smoother transportation system for everyone. Thank you for your patience, we’re almost done.”
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