Chip sealing planned on Highway 19


Beginning Aug. 20th the Oregon Department of Transportation will be chip sealing a 28.3-mile-long section of the John Day Highway (OR 19) in Wheeler and Grant counties. The project will extend from the junction of Highway 207 (mile point 95.67 - east of Spray) to the junction of Highway 26 (mile point 124 - west of Dayville).

This highway preservation work is scheduled to take about two weeks to complete.

Travelers can expect up to 20-minute delays, reduced speeds, loose rock on the roadway, day and nighttime flaggers and pilot cars directing single-lane traffic through the work zones.

ODOT is asking highway users to keep farm equipment off the impacted highway sections during and up to two days after the chip seal operations. To prevent chip rock adhesion problems due to animal waste on the roadway, ranchers are requested to contact ODOT Assistant District Manager Paul Howland at 541-278-6044 to advise of any plans to move livestock on impacted highway sections during this operation.

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