U.S. 26 Paving Project: Cornell Road to Sylvan Interchange - Nighttime Paving to Begin June 27

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Nighttime Paving Work to Begin June 27

Extensive paving will last through August

In addition to continuing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramp upgrades, crews will begin paving the portion of U.S. 26 that spans from SW Scholls Ferry Road to OR 217 on June 27. Once this section of work is complete, crews will begin paving between OR 217 and NW Cornell Road. Paving work is weather-dependent and is subject to change.

Nighttime construction work and traffic impacts can take place on any night, but will mostly follow a Sunday through Thursday schedule, in addition to ongoing curb ramp work during the day. Bridge work will start in August, and the project team will begin striping the roadway in September.

Night work will be suspended over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Traffic Impacts

In order to maintain a safe work zone for travelers and construction crews during construction, travel lanes and segments of U.S. 26 and on- and off-ramps will close
to traffic on various nights. Traffic control with signed detour routes will be provided. Expect traffic delays.

Traffic impacts during construction include:

  • Nighttime full closures of U.S. 26 at interchanges within the project corridor.
    Traffic will be detoured to adjacent on- and off-ramps.
  • Nighttime single and double lane closures on U.S. 26. Single lane closures will begin as early as 8:30 p.m. and double lanes as early as 10 p.m. All lanes will open by 5:30 a.m. weekdays (later on weekends).
  • Nighttime lane closures and full closures of on- and off-ramps in the project area. These can happen as early as 9 p.m., open by 5 a.m. (later on weekends).
  • Lane closures on local streets, sidewalk closures and temporary ADA-accessible pedestrian detours where on- and off-ramps meet local streets.

Project Area

U.S. 26 Paving Project Area Map

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Noise Impacts During Construction

Expect periodic construction noise, mostly from heavy equipment and construction trucks (example: required vehicle reverse noises) and other equipment such as paving and grinding machines, jackhammers, concrete saws and compressors.

Those working or living near the work areas may hear construction noise. ODOT will use construction noise mitigation measures to reduce noise impacts to surrounding neighbors.

Use the 24/7 nighttime noise hotline to reach a live person to discuss any noise concerns: 503-412-2349.


ADA curb ramp work is ongoing, and will continue throughout the length of the project. Paving begins late June, followed by bridge work in August and roadway striping in September. All work is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2021.

Project Overview

ODOT is working throughout the summer and fall to improve approximately six miles of U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) by repaving in both directions from Cornell Road to the Sylvan interchange, including several on- and off-ramps.

We are also repairing bridges and bridge joints in the project. Curb ramps at each repaved on- and off-ramp will also be upgraded to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Project Benefits

  • A new road surface will improve the overall quality of U.S. 26 and several on- and off-ramps, resulting in a smoother and safer highway for drivers.
  • Bridge joint work will help to preserve and extend the life of this heavily traveled highway corridor.
  • Upgraded ADA curb ramps at on-and off-ramps will make a safer, more accessible highway for all, including people who walk, use mobility devices and who are visually impaired.

Let's all look out for each other. Drive, walk and ride safely. The way to go. Oregonians Stand out.

Question or Comments?

Lili Boicourt, ODOT Community Affairs
503-731-8247 | lili.d.boicourt@odot.state.or.us

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