Highway 217 project begins
Open House to discuss schedule, impacts
When: Wednesday, February 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ridgewood Elementary School Gym, 10100 SW Inglewood (a few blocks from the Cedar Hills Shopping Center)
If you drive regularly on Highway 217, you should plan to attend this Open House to find out more details about this project and how it might impact your commute.
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is hosting this informal session that will allow for direct interaction with ODOT and project contractor Emery & Sons staff. Drop by anytime.
Once complete, motorists will have three northbound through lanes between TV Highway and the Sunset Highway. The additional northbound lane will help eliminate the weaving that occurs between TV Highway and Walker Road as motorists are simultaneously entering and exiting the highway. In addition, sight distance and safety will be improved when traveling between OR 217 northbound and U.S. 26 eastbound.
The project is scheduled to begin construction this month. Due to the complexity of the work, this will be a multi-year project with completion slated for fall 2011. Much of the work that will impact traffic will take place during nighttime hours when traffic volumes are lower. Motorists will experience single and double lane closures on the highway and ramps during the overnight work hours, as early as 7:30 p.m., seven days a week. As much as possible, daytime work will take place outside the travel lanes behind barriers.
A more detailed schedule will be available at the open house and on the project web site at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/hwy217/. The web site will link to weekly traffic impact information.
Motorists are reminded that traffic fines are double in a construction zone. Please drive carefully.