HEPPNER – Beginning June 5, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be chip-sealing 41 miles of the Heppner – Spray Highway (OR 207C). The project will run from milepost 41 at the junction of Oregon Highway 19, 2.5 miles east of Spray to milepost zero at the junction of OR 206 (at Ruggs). The work is expected to be completed around June 22. All dates are dependent on weather conditions that may impact the project start and end times. A chip seal consists of embedding rock chips into a layer of emulsified oil to help preserve and extend the useful life of existing pavement surfaces.
TRAVEL IMPACTS: Expect up to 20-minute delays, reduced speeds, loose rock on the roadway, flaggers, and pilot cars directing single-lane traffic through the work zones. Minor delays during nighttime/early morning hours for road sweeping. Please reduce speed and watch for construction activities in the area. Plan extra travel time and slow down to prevent loose rock from flying onto other vehicles. Crews will sweep roadway but expect some loose rock to be present for several days after chip seal.
Bicycle riders should be prepared for traveling on rock chip covered highway sections behind a pilot car with no usable shoulders. Use alternate routes or delay travel, to avoid chip seal work zone. Pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be provided access through or around the work zone.
Note to ranchers, farmers, and property owners: Please keep farm equipment off the impacted highway sections during and up to two days after the chip sealing. Also, adjust irrigation pivots and lawn sprinklers to keep water off the roadway. If you have plans for moving livestock on these highway sections, please advise ODOT contacts listed below for this project.
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