Overnight road closures on the Highway 20 realignment project between Corvallis and the coast are scheduled to begin Sunday night. The closures, which are necessary because of the blasting and debris removal the project requires, originally were scheduled to begin July 17. Then, the date was pushed back to Aug. 1.
The closures that begin Sunday night will last from 7:30pm to 5:30am Sunday through Thursday nights through Oct. 31. There also will be short,intermittent closures during daylight hours. Construction crews will be blasting away a hillside near where the road’s new alignment meets the old road in the last major work that the long-delayed
project will require. Crews will be moving more than 350,000 cubic yards of dirt and rock.
There is no local detour, and motorists looking to get to the coast are advised to use Highway 18 in the north and Highway 34 in the south. The road alignment work will eliminate the winding 10-mile section near Eddyville and replace it with a 5.5-mile straight shot through the hills. The new roadway will have wide shoulders and passing lanes, and officials hope that safety will be improved as well.