The contractor for the city of Astoria's Franklin Avenue Bridge Replacement Project has begun site preparation work, including installing a traffic signal at either end of the Franklin Avenue Bridge over 38th Street in the Adair-Uppertown neighborhood.

The signal, which will allow one-directional local traffic to cross the bridge throughout the construction period, will be activated on Monday. Construction is expected to be complete by late spring of 2011.

All schedules are subject to change in the event of unfavorable weather conditions. Citizens should be prepared for short traffic delays when crossing through the work zone.

For questions, call Astoria Public Works at (503) 338-5173.

In Seaside, there will be a road closure North Holladay Drive between 14th and 15th avenues until 8 a.m. Monday because of an ongoing infrastructure project.

Access to 15th Avenue and all other streets north can be made off U.S. Highway 101 and 24th Avenue, while access to 14th Avenue and streets south can be made off of 12th Avenue and North Holladay Drive.

For information, call the Seaside Police Department at (503) 738-6311.

Next week the Oregon Department of Transportation will continue work on the Astoria-Megler Bridge. The project involves recoating the steel on the northern side of the Columbia River bridge along U.S. 101 north of Astoria.

The scheduled work includes coating structural steel underneath the bridge deck. A 35 mph speed limit through the construction zone will be maintained for the duration of the project. Flaggers will control single lane traffic during construction activities as required. In March, April and May, lane closures will be allowed anytime on weekdays starting Sunday at midnight through 6 p.m. on Friday.  Expect delays of up to 20 minutes during the daytime. Motorists should drive through the area with caution. 

Work will also continue on a project consisting of rebuilding and repaving the roadway on U.S. Highway 101 in the area between 12th Street in Tillamook and Farmer Creek Road. 

The scheduled work includes installation of temporary traffic control signing.

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