Summer is the best of times and the worst of times for paving projects. Crews need warm, dry weather for paving operations. Those favorable weather conditions also bring vacationers in droves, which results in delays.
This summer construction season, Highways 62 and 140 are both undergoing major paving operations. Motorists are advised to expect delays and drive with caution in the work zones.
The $1.6 million project on Highway 62 began in May and is expected to be completed soon. The project paves from Trail to Casey State Park, a 6.25-mile stretch, and includes guardrail work.
The paving project on Oregon 140 covers more than 20 miles of road near Fish Lake and Great Meadows Snow Park. Due to the length and needed drainage work, pilot cars will be used in addition to flaggers for traffic control. Delays may last up to 20 minutes at peak times.
Up-to-the-minute road condition updates are available on ODOT’s travel information Web site www.Tripcheck.com or by calling 511. For anyone who cannot access 511, road and weather information can also be accessed toll-free within Oregon by dialing (800) 977-ODOT (6368).
Tips for driving safely in work zones
- Orange is your clue to slow down. When you see orange barrels, cones and signs—even when no work is visible—hazards may still exist.
- Realize it is not business as usual in a work zone. Expect the unexpected.
- Maintain extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead. Extra space provides you additional reaction time.