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STIP projects identified for region

Ladd Creek culvert among projects slated for 2015, ODOT says 

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa and Union county road projects funded through Oregon’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program have been identified and scheduled for the next four years.

Eight Eastern Oregon counties met Monday to discuss upcoming projects that are fully funded and scheduled for construction between 2015 and 2018.

The projects are funded with federal money and come from city county and state transportation system plans that address bridges, pavement, safety, fish passage and congestion concerns.

The two project types that come from the STIP are fix-it projects, which preserve the existing transportation system, such as pavement preservation and bridge repairs, and “enhance” projects that add new features like new highway lanes, sidewalks, bike paths and interchanges.

Wallowa County’s list starts with the Hershell Lane bridge replacement across the Lostine River approximately 1 mile from Lostine. Wallowa County Commissioner Susan Roberts said replacing the bridge supports commerce in the Wallowa Mid-Valley, providing access for businesses headquartered on the west side of the river.

The Joseph/Wallowa Lake bike and pedestrian improvement will widen the shoulder of Highway 82 from College Street to the Wallowa County Park at the north end of Wallowa Lake.

A large project on Wallowa County’s list is to flatten out the last big curve on the Minam Grade in 2016, said Monty Grove of Oregon Department of Transportation’s Region 5 Office.

 “It’s close to the border of the Union/Wallowa county line, but impacts people in Wallowa County more than Union County, so it’s on their list,” he said.

Grove listed some of the projects with the biggest impacts for Union County, starting with the Ladd Creek culvert project scheduled for 2015. He said ODOT and Union County have worked on this project for quite a while. 

“This project will make it fish passable and fix structural problems at the same time by re-routing Ladd Creek underneath the freeway in a different structure,” Grove said.

A couple small sidewalk projects are on the STIP list in Union and Cove. The pedestrian improvement projects will be contracted together, Grove said.

A big project that has been considered for many years for the City of La Grande is paving 20th Street in 2016. Grove said the city is taking on roughly a third of the cost while the STIP will cover the rest.  

A forest highway project is scheduled for the Palmer Junction Road from its junction with Highway 204 and out for 10 miles.

The ruts in Adams Avenue’s concrete will be ground down in 2018 when ODOT brings in a diamond cutter to smooth out concrete on Interstate 84 between Poverty Flats and Meacham. Grove said de-icer has made that part of the freeway rough and using the grinder on both projects will save money.


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