The Oregon Department of Transportation has offered updates for the week on highway and bridge construction projects in the region.

Smith Point Roundabout, U.S. Highway 101 and Oregon Highway 202 Intersection: Opening day is approaching for the Smith Point Roundabout, with traffic scheduled to begin moving onto the new roadway Sept. 18. Tips for using the roundabout will be presented soon on the local cable television public access channel.

Drivers should expect minor traffic delays as the contractor places gravel and paving on the new roads. Motorists are advised to watch for trucks crossing the road and to pay close attention to flag crews.

After traffic moves to the new roundabout, the contractor will start removing the old roadways.

Work is targeted for completion Oct. 31, the contract deadline. Some planting and landscaping work will continue this winter so plants can be placed during a dormant stage.

Old Youngs Bay Bridge Rehabilitation: Drivers should expect some lane closures with minor delays throughout the week between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. No more nighttime closures are planned.

The contractor is cleaning up odds and ends on the project and expects to finish construction by Friday.

Lewis and Clark Bridge Rehabilitation: Drivers should expect the bridge to be closed two nights this week from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. as the contractor completes work. The closures will be posted at the bridge approach areas.

"We want to thank the public for their patience during these bridge rehabilitation projects," ODOT officials added.

U.S. 30 and U.S. 101 Pavement Overlay, 33rd Street to Hamburg Avenue: Minor traffic delays should be expected as sidewalk construction and nighttime pavement grinding and overlay work continues. There will be another week of grinding followed by several weeks of paving.

The contractor is on schedule to complete the project by the Oct. 31 deadline.

Cannon Beach North Entrance, U.S. 101: The entrance project is fast approaching its first major milestone - the southbound U.S. 101 entrance to the city is scheduled to open the morning of Oct. 4.

Minor traffic delays and occasional lane closures should be expected as work on the new interchange continues. The north entrance remains closed until Oct. 4 and the north exit from Cannon Beach will remain closed for both northbound and southbound drivers through most of the coming year - likely until October 2003.

Drivers should be cautious and watch for bicyclists on the roadway through the work zone.

The contractor ran into many soft spots in the hillside, according to ODOT officials. These areas were dug out and rocky material was hauled in to replace the soft soil. Efforts to build a large retaining wall beside the highway off-ramp is moving ahead quickly.

The contractor also is driving pilings for the foundation of a new bridge for U.S. 101 which will pass over traffic exiting the city.

The highway will be shifted to the west to make room for a new northbound on-ramp and on the east side of the highway, partially where the existing road is.

Work also is progressing on a large fill procedure over the box culvert where the southbound on-ramp will be located.

ODOT expects all work on the project to be finished by the contract end date of Oct. 21, 2003.

U.S. 30 Pavement Overlay, Clatsop County Line to Supply Creek: Drivers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes during nighttime paving and shorter delays for cleanup work during the daytime.

The contractor will finish installing guardrails this week. Highway paving also should be finished this week if there is no rain. To complete driveway paving and other work, lane closures will continue through September. Temporary painted lane lines and center lines will be installed as paving is finished.

The project is targeted for completion by the Oct. 31 contract deadline, with one exception - the contractor will return next spring to install new durable striping throughout the project.

Updated information on ODOT projects and other state highway work under way throughout Oregon is available on ODOT's Web site at www.tripcheck.com, or by calling the toll-free road report at (800) 977-6368.

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