U.S. 101 paving project to be completed next year

The U.S. 101 pavement preservation project from Wheeler to the Wilson River will be completed next spring.

The project is about halfway complete, but was halted effective this week since there would not be not enough time for the necessary secondary pavement compacting and installation of permanent striping before winter rains begin.

The contractor, Oregon Mainline Paving of McMinnville, started the project in late August and made excellent progress.

“Paving contractors were extremely busy this summer,” said Dave True, ODOT’s Project Manager. “Starting this late, there was a good possibility that work would not be completed this year. Although the dry weather is expected to continue, paving any later than Sept. 30 runs the risk of delaying installation of the permanent striping and pavement markers, which is a safety issue.”

The contractor was able to complete 8.8 miles of the project along U.S. 101 in Tillamook County from just south of Wheeler to around Barview (milepost 56.6) just south of Rockaway Beach.

Starting after March 15 of next year, the contractor will complete the remainder of the project from milepost 56.6 to the Wilson River at milepost 64.2.

The project is removing the current damaged asphalt and replacing it with a new surface that is significantly improving travel conditions. In addition, in either 2016 or 2017 ODOT will upgrade pedestrian ramps in Rockaway Beach and Bay City to American Disability Act (ADA) standards.

ODOT is delaying the paving of Garibaldi until the more extensive ADA work can be designed and funded. There is not a date set at this time for this work to be scheduled.

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