The Oregon Department of Transportation is currently finalizing the
construction contract to begin work on the U.S. 26 Rhododendron
to MP 49.2 Project. Construction is estimated to begin in mid-June
and be completed by October 2011.

Project Elements

• Paving and striping U.S. 26 from milepost 44.1 to 49.2.
• Creating a westbound passing lane, westbound chain removal
area, and eastbound chain-on area between milepost 47.8 and
• Realigning Kiwanis Road to improve sight distance and turning
• Improving safety through the eastbound curve at milepost 47,
including guardrail installation (access at milepost 47.1 will be
permanently closed).
• Improving signage throughout the project area.

Traffic impacts

During construction, drivers can expect single lane closures
controlled by flaggers. Drivers will be directed through the work
area by pilot cars. ODOT anticipates that the majority of work will
take place during nighttime hours.

Nighttime construction

Nighttime construction noise may be audible to residents along the
project corridor. However, noise levels dissipate as distance from
the source increases. The paving operation is continually moving,
which means that noise will not be concentrated in one particular
area for any significant length of time. To report noise
issues during nighttime work hours only, please call
541-980-2800 or 541-993-1583.
For questions or concerns during daytime work hours,
please call Elizabeth Craig at 503-731-8237 or email

Stay up to date

Visit the project website for the latest information.
Weekly construction updates will be provided on the site
or you can send your email address to to automatically receive
weekly updates via email. Traffic updates are also
available at or by calling 5-1-1.

Project Updates

• No trees will be removed as
part of this project.*
• Construction of a
westbound passing lane
between milepost 47.8 and
48.6 has been added to the
To learn more, join us at the
project open house (details
on reverse) and/or visit the
project website.
*A separate project to remove
select trees for safety reasons
is being considered as a
necessary ODOT Maintenance
and U.S. Forest Service action.
We will provide updates to the
community as we move