Orange traffic cones and construction workers can be spotted around Eastern Oregon as ODOT summer construction projects get underway.
On I-84, crews are working on upgrading pavement and replacing median barriers between Kamela Exit 246 and Exit 252 at Hilgard State Park. Drivers can expect 45 mph work zone speed limits, traffic pattern changes and single lane travel for both eastbound and westbound traffic. There will also be lane closures, flaggers, and minor delays between North Powder and Baker City, as well as between Nelson Point and Lime, due to pavement repairs and guardrail upgrades. Bicycles will not be permitted within this seven mile work zone, however an alternate route will be available.
Additional projects will also take place on highways and roads throughout La Grande, Baker City, Wallowa, Joseph, and Union. Starting in May, on Ladd Creek Road in Union County, crews will be replacing the Ladd Creek culvert and reestablishing the creek bed adjacent to I-84 at Exit 270. This will lead to flaggers, detours, and minor delays.
In June, pavement chip sealing projects will begin on the Whitney Highway 7 in Baker City, Wallowa Lake Highway 82 between Wallowa and Joseph, and Highway 203 in Union. Then to finish the summer construction season, U.S. 30 in La Grande will undergo intersection improvements and traffic signal installations.
Traffic fines double in work zones, regardless of the presence of construction workers. The likelihood of crashes and accidents due to distracted driving, also increases. ODOT would like to remind drivers to be safe and aware while in road construction zones during these needed projects.