A pavement preservation project along U.S. 395 will begin next week between Cape Horn near mile point 36 and Long Creek at mile point 90.8, according to an Oregon Department of Transportation press release.

Paving activities will skip over a short section near the middle of the project area between mile points 66.6 and 72.2. The bulk of the work will consist of chip sealing the road surface, however some areas with deteriorating pavement will be ground out and new asphalt inlaid. The Five Mile Creek and Long Creek bridges within the project area will also receive deck upgrades with old pavement removed and new asphalt applied. Crews will start replacing deteriorating pavement and upgrading bridge decks July 16, with the chip seal operation anticipated to occur in August. The project will help protect and extend the useful life of road surface.

Travelers can expect reduced speeds and up to 20-minute delays, with flaggers and pilot cars directing traffic. During the chip seal operation, also expect loose rock on the roadway plus daytime and nighttime road sweeping activities taking place after the chip seal has been applied. Loose rock may be present for several days after the chip seal work is completed. Please slow down in the area and plan extra travel time during this highway preservation project. Traffic fines are double the amount in all work zones. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be escorted through the work zone, as needed.

ODOT is asking highway users to keep farm equipment off the highway during the chip seal operation in August. To prevent chip rock adhesion problems due to animal waste on the roadway, ranchers are requested to keep cattle and other livestock off the highway during this same time period. Animals can be driven on appropriate open range highway sections after the chip seal has been applied.

Chip seal work is weather dependent. All dates are subject to change, depending on weather condition.

For more information, contact ODOT Public Information Officer Tom Strandberg at 541-963-1330.

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