GRAND RONDE–A contractor will be removing wind damaged trees next week that pose a threat to traffic along Highway 18 in the Van Duzer State Scenic Corridor between Grand Ronde and the coast. Tree removal work will run between April 29 and possibly as late as May 7th, milepost 16.5, 9-4 Monday through Thursday, and 9-12noon on Friday. Weather could also affect work days. During work hours the highway will be restricted to a single lane of travel at the location. Watch for flaggers. Expect 10-15 minute delays.
Approximately 60 trees on one acre will be removed. A wind event last winter left the trees leaning and the trees’ roots exposed. The so-called “root-sprung” trees pose a threat to the highway and motorists in the event of high winds. The trees will be sold to the timber contractor by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Proceeds will be invested back into state park natural resource projects and operations.
Semi stalled in left turn lane on 101 southbound. Will possibly remain until around 6pm. Watch for traffic controls.
Thanks Jen, for the photo.
Vehicles are squeezing into remaining left turn lane ahead of the truck
A truck loaded with 93,000 pounds of cargo has stalled in the southbound left turn lane to Highway 20 off of 101. The trucker tried to get it fired back up, but it’s now been determined to be a rather large tow job. A tow truck big enough to move it won’t even be enroute to the scene until 4:15pm. So, with an hour’s drive time from Albany, plus a half-hour to get the rig hooked up, and we’re probably talking 5:30-6pm before it’ll be out of there.
What black ice can do to a commute to the valley on Highways 18 or 20 or 34 Bonnie Rios photo
The weather service in Portland is forecasting near freezing temperatures along the coast Monday morning, and freezing or slightly below on the coastal mountain passes. So give yourself a little cushion on the time it takes you to go anywhere. Keep your speed down. Watch for those who still believe four-wheel-drive prevents sliding on the ice. They’re usually the first to wind up in a head on or rollover accident – so heads up.
Law enforcement traveling Highway 101 up and over Cape Foulweather north of Newport reports that there is a frost layer on Highway 101 that completely covers the roadway. Slow down, give yourself lots of room to stop. If you begin to slide, steer into the direction of the slide, then straighten out and proceed forward.
Roads are expected to remain icy through mid-morning Monday. Give yourself lots of extra time to get to work or any other destination. Highway 18 is likely to have black ice and Highway 20 is expected to have black ice, perhaps through the noon hour in shady areas on mountain passes.
Portland-area travelers should carefully evaluate Wednesday morning travels plans if the forecast of one to two inches of snow on the valley floor proves accurate.
The National Weather Service is predicting snow in the northern Willamette Valley Wednesday morning with greater accumulations at the higher elevations. By mid-morning, however, the snow is expected to turn to rain, reducing the dangers on the highway.
The snow could snarl the morning commute. Travelers should check road conditions Wednesday morning and, if warranted, consider leaving later, taking mass transit or staying home.
* Check road conditions at TripCheck.com and by listening to local newscasts.
* Allow extra stopping distance between you and the vehicles ahead. There’s less traction on slick, snowy roads. Fender-benders are expensive, painful and delay everyone on the road with you.
* Make sure your vehicle is in top operating condition, with clean headlights, good brakes, working windshield wipers and good tires.
* Be extra cautious when stopping and turning on slick roads where bicycles, cars and trucks are less predictable and more prone to skid.
* Wear the right clothing for cold weather, including a good wind jacket, gloves to protect the hands and a helmet with an ear covering.
* Use the right equipment, including sturdy tires, a reflective vest and a bright halogen light on the front with a red light on the back.
* Traveling on slick roads is unpredictable so everyone on the road should be extra cautious, be prepared and help everyone reach their destination safely. Know before you go.
Yaquina Bay Bridge, Barry McPherson Photo
Crossing headache “scheduled” for Wednesday, December 19th
NEWPORT— An inspection of the US 101: Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport will create a lane restriction and minor delays for motorists.
On Wednesday, December 19th, traffic on the bridge will be restricted to a single lane of travel between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Flaggers will control traffic in alternating directions and motorists should anticipate delays of 5 to 15 minutes.
During this time a Snooper Crane will be located on the bridge’s second lane. The crane allows workers to view the bridge from deck or below deck levels.