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Construction of U.S. 101/OR 6 Traffic Safety Improvement Project to begin March 14


Demo of buildings to be first visible sign of work

Removal of buildings at the site of the new intersection of U.S. 101 and OR 6 is scheduled to begin March 14. This work marks the beginning of visible changes happening in Tillamook associated with the U.S. 101/OR 6 Traffic Safety Improvement Project and is part of a three year construction project that will ultimately improve traffic flow and safety in the downtown area.

Clearing the intersection site is not expected to create significant traffic or noise impacts. Demolition will take place entirely off road and trucks and machinery will not contribute significantly to existing traffic noise in the area. Flaggers will be in place to guide trucks and machinery into and out of the demolition area as required.

ODOT has selected 3 Kings Environmental, Inc. of Battle Ground, WA to conduct this phase of the project. 3 Kings has experience with safely removing and properly disposing of building materials. After removing any hazardous materials, the buildings will be taken down to ground level. Habitat for Humanity is working with the contractor to receive materials that can be put to reuse. Once the buildings are razed, existing asphalt will be removed and a gravel base will be laid over the area to control erosion and support construction staging for the project. No soil will be removed from the site during this construction phase. The site is expected to be cleared by the end of May.

The cleared area will be used as a temporary construction staging site for building the new U.S. 101 bridge over Hoquarton Slough – anticipated to begin later this summer and continue through the winter.

The Mar Clair Inn was used by the Oregon State Police and Tillamook Fire and Rescue for training exercises this past January.

The entire traffic improvement project is expected to be completed by October 2018. To minimize traffic and traveler impacts, no work that affects downtown parking or closes travel lanes during the daytime will be permitted from Memorial Day to Labor Day throughout the entire construction period.

Please visit TillamookTraffic.org to learn more about the entire set of improvements that make up this undertaking, see the latest designs and construction maps, read answers to frequently asked questions, and view other project information.

This $28 million project is made possible through the 2009 Jobs and Transportation Act passed by the Oregon Legislature.