TRAFFIC: I-84 Pavement preservation project near Ontario begins
ONTARIO, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Transportation has begun work on a $5.77 million project to repair and resurface a ten-mile section of Interstate 84 between North Fork Jacobsen Gulch near mile post 268 (five miles west of Ontario) and the Idaho border at mile post 378. Work will include repairing the concrete lanes and resurfacing the asphalt lanes of the eastbound and westbound freeway, as well as constructing a new westbound truck chain up area.
Travelers can expect lane closures over the next few weeks as crews install construction signs and build four crossovers in the median at different locations. Temporary ramp closures at the Stanton Blvd. Interchange (I-84 Exit 371), the North Ontario Interchange (Exit 374) and the East Idaho Avenue Interchange (Exit 376) will also be required to accommodate paving operations.
A three-day closure of the westbound on-ramp at Exit 374 (OR 201 overpass) is scheduled to begin March 6. This closure will require travelers to detour eastbound on I-84 to Exit 376B, where they can cross the overpass and access the westbound freeway.
Work zone restrictions starting mid to late March will include reduced speeds and traffic pattern changes via crossovers with single lane eastbound and westbound traffic separated by tubular markers on the eastbound freeway to accommodate concrete repair work in the westbound lanes. Traffic will then be shifted to the westbound lanes to allow for a concrete overlay at the Malheur River Bridge on the eastbound freeway.
Later this spring travelers can expect night time lane closures as crews grind out old asphalt and inlay new pavement along the project limits. Work is expected to continue over the next four to six months.