I-84 rolling slowdowns planned for next week
Oregon Department of Transportation contractors will slow traffic on Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon approximately 15-20 miles east and west of mile point 259 on September 3 and 4 around 1 p.m. Travelers are advised to be patient and watch for crews and equipment in all highway work zones.
The slow down maneuvers will use pilot cars to slow freeway traffic to 30 mph and temporarily closed on-ramps starting near milepost 243 for eastbound traffic and milepost 278 for westbound traffic. This action will create a window of time when no cars will be near the milepost 259 work area so rock blasting and debris removal operations can be safely performed. Motorists are advised to plan extra travel time and expect delays along the freeway and at freeway entrance ramps in the slow down area. Vehicles will be released from the pilot car controlled slow down after they have passed the blasting area near mile post 259.
Temporarily closed on-ramps will be open after the rolling slowdown traffic has passed the freeway access ramp. Rolling slowdown times are subject to change.
Contractors are blasting part of the rock face above the freeway to widen the bench space that helps prevent rocks from falling onto the road surface. The additional area will also be easier to access for clearing away accumulated debris. The work is part of ODOT’s $46.8 million Interstate 84 Kamela to 2nd Street Project that will resurface the eastbound and west bound freeway between milepost 246 near the Kamela Exit and mile post 260 near the 2nd Street freeway overcrossing in La Grande.
The three-year project that started this spring will also upgrade concrete median barriers, construct bridge repairs, perform rock fall corrections, upgrade truck chain-up areas and construct a new, third westbound travel lane for trucks climbing the steep Spring Creek grade near milepost 247. Most of the work this year is centered on bridge repairs, earthwork, minor paving activities and the construction of cross-overs in the freeway median needed for traffic control. The project will continue through the 2014 and 2015 construction seasons.
The I-84 Kamela to 2nd Street Project is one of over 30 state highway projects being constructed this year in the eastern Oregon area. For update highway conditions visit www.TripCheck.com .