The Crystal Springs Creek overcrossing finally completed, now the paving of McLoughlin is underway

DAVID F. ASHTON - As seen from Westmorelands Union Manor, Crystal Springs Creek was diverted while workers installed the new overcrossing. That work is now complete. With the new Crystal Springs Creek overcrossing installed opposite Westmoreland Union Manor, the "OR 99E Paving Project: S.E. Harold Street to S.E. Harrison Street" continues to plug along nicely, according to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Region 1 Community Affairs Coordinator Lili Boicourt.

Through late August and into September, drivers on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard contended with lane switchovers, closures, and limited access to or from S.E. Tolman Street, Bybee Boulevard, Ochoco Street, and Tacoma Street, while crews tore up and replaced pavement – and, in some cases, rebuilt the deep roadbed itself.

"The northbound weekend closures are complete," Boicourt revealed. "In October, road users will experience single and double lane closures weeknights and weekends, with traffic shifted into various configurations," she said. But two way traffic will be maintained on McLoughlin throughout the rest of the project.

"Work is still on track to be complete by the end of the year, with the major work done by the end of October," Boicourt pointed out. "But unexpected wet and cold weather could extend the timeline."

Keep in mind that the speed limit on S.E. McLoughlin between Harold Street and Ochoco Street has been temporarily reduced to 35 MPH, and that's being enforced. Drive safely!

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