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Highway 26 paving coming soon

Expect lane closures and flaggers

If you live in East Multnomah County and you are planning to travel over Mount Hood, be warned: Traffic delays are likely soon as the Oregon Department of Transportation prepares to pave the highway through Sandy.

ODOT has scheduled an open house to explain the work. Anyone concerned about the impacts or who has questions should visit ODOT representatives from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

The four-mile project will provide new pavement and striping from approximately 362nd Avenue on the west side of Sandy to Luzon Lane on the east side.

Knife River, represented by Bill Wilson, has asked to work up to seven nights a week, instead of four, and to start work before the Sandy Mountain Festival, July 14-15, instead of waiting until after the event.

One advantage to the suggested changes is that the project would be finished sooner - a full week sooner.

However, the project will require some lane closures and flaggers directing traffic flow.

Under ideal conditions, Wilson said, the asphalt grinding and paving portion of the project could be done in about nine nights of work from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., while the striping would take an equal amount of time.

Wilson told the council he and ODOT representatives would conduct an open house June 18 and could start work as early as June 25, in order to be finished before the Sandy Mountain Festival.