John Day-Mt. Vernon road work due to end soon

Continued traffic delays can be expected between Mt. Vernon and John Day. Drivers are reminded to slow down and allow for extra travel time during the construction work. The Eagle/DAVID CARKHUFF

JOHN DAY - The $1.27 million Mt. Vernon-John Day pavement preservation project is continuing on Highway 26. Work began Aug. 4 on the eight-mile-long project, which is being constructed by Tidewater Contracting Inc. of Brookings. The project includes resurfacing the highway between the west end of Mt. Vernon and the west end of John Day. Motorists can expect reduced speeds, traffic pattern changes and delays through the work area. Drivers are reminded to slow down and allow for extra travel time during the construction work.

Activities completed to date include upgrades to sidewalk and wheelchair ramps at the intersection of Highway 395 in Mt. Vernon, guardrail repair and most of the paving work. Crews are currently working on widening a short section of highway at the John Day end of the construction zone near the Jackson Oil service station. Paving at this end of the project, up to eastern project limits at mile point 161.5, near Screech Alley, will be completed after the widening work is finished. All paving activities are scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

Other activities to be completed over the next few weeks include the construction of a small retaining wall along the side of the highway, about halfway between Mt. Vernon and John Day, and guardrail improvements. The installation of new poles and an upgraded flashing beacon in Mt. Vernon, at the intersection of Highway 395, is also scheduled.

"Work crews will soon be pouring the concrete for the new metal poles that will support an upgraded flashing beacon in Mt. Vernon. After the concrete is cured, the poles and new beacon will be installed," said Brent Merriman, ODOT project inspector.

"There will also be a lot of activity and some traffic pattern changes near Jackson Oil in John Day," he added.

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