Gordon McCraw

Lt. Gordon McCraw

The high pressure ridge is being tested today and will weaken some as a weakening front tries to push it out to the east.  The front will break apart tomorrow and its only real effect will be to end the easterly winds, giving us a slight onshore flow.  Highs today near 57, lows with mostly clear skies tonight, aside from some patchy fog and frost down near 35 warming a couple degrees for tomorrow.

Saturday we can expect increasing clouds with an approaching front that gives us an increasing chance of rain Saturday evening with rain likely overnight into Sunday.  With the high pressure ridge flattened and weakened, and with a strong jet stream pushing weather towards the Pacific Northwest we will continue to see a series of systems bringing more periods of rain through Sunday on into Monday.  While most of the models agree on this, where they disagree is on strength and tracks of each of these systems.

So, next week’s weather has some interesting potentials, the models agree we will have a more active weather pattern through at least the middle of next week.  It does appear there will be lowering snow levels with the general consensus being snow above around 2000-2500 Tuesday and Wednesday.  Some of the different scenarios suggested is, even lower snow levels, or it could be milder, wetter and possibly windier.

For sure though, if you have Thanksgiving Holiday travel plans across the Cascades, you should be prepared for snowy roads through their passes.  Because some of the models are showing some lower snow levels, there is a slight chance that even the Coast Range Passes could be impacted.  The overall though process, after looking at all the scenarios and inputting local knowledge, suggests the snow level will be around 2000-2500’.  Highs over the weekend around 55, overnight lows near 41.  As for next week, highs could struggle to get out of the 40s while the lows say down around the mid to low 30s.

Clatsop, Tillamook, Washington and Columbia Counties state highway construction update: November 25 – December 2

 6th Through 11th Street: Waterfront Bridges (Astoria) Project (Clatsop County)

(Various Streets)

This project consists of performing work as follows:

-      Install and remove temporary traffic control and pedestrian routes (TPAR)

-      Install and remove temporary potable water and sanitary sewer systems

-      Perform earthwork

-      Install storm sewer systems and water quality structures

-      Remove and reconstruct six bridges and trolley crossings (Including tracks)

-      Construct roadway, sidewalks and ADA ramps

-      Install permanent signs and illumination systems

-      Perform additional and incidental work and called for by the Plans and Specifications

This Project replaces six aging bridges at the Astoria Waterfront, at 6th through 11th Streets and to install drainage and water quality facilities at the intersection of Highway 30 and 30th Street in Astoria. Streets will be closed while construction is occurring except for Highway 30. Flaggers will control single lane traffic while construction is occurring at 30th St. The odd numbered streets (7th, 9th and 11th) are completed, except for utility relocations underneath the structures, which is anticipated to have little to no impacts on public mobility. The even numbered streets (6th, 8th and 10th) are to be completed no later than June 30, 2020. Additionally, lane restrictions on Highway 30 and 30th street may occur during the following periods of time:

Lower Columbia River Highway (US-30): One Traffic Lane may be closed on the Lower Columbia River Highway (US-30) when allowed, shown, or directed during the following periods of time

  • Nightly, Sunday night through Friday morning, between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

30th Street: One Traffic Lane may be closed on 30th Street when allowed, shown, or directed during the following periods of time:

  • Daily, Monday through Thursday, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Nightly, Sunday night through Friday morning, between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Except for Holidays: Between noon on the day preceding a legal holiday or holiday weekend and midnight on a legal holiday or the last day of holiday weekend, except for Thanksgiving, when no lanes may be closed between noon on Wednesday and midnight on the following Sunday.

Legal holidays are as follows:

  • New Year's Day on January 1
  • Memorial Day on the last Monday in May
  • Independence Day on July 4
  • Labor Day on the first Monday in September
  • Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day on December 25

When a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday shall be recognized as a legal holiday. When a holiday falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be recognized as a legal holiday.

Temporary Pedestrian Access Routes (TPAR) will be maintained throughout the work zones and will be ADA compliant.

 US 101: Young’s Bay (New Youngs Bay) Bridge Repair Project (Clatsop County)

(Oregon Coast Highway, mileposts 4.53 to 5.33)

This project includes work as follows:

  • Install temporary traffic control and;
  • replacing rocker bearings;
  • repairing the damaged concrete with cathodic protection; and
  • replacing compression joint seals.

Initially in mid March, the traveling public will notice the contractor building the containment structure which will be attached to the sides of the bridge, and a barge in the water with support boats bringing crew and materials to and from the barge. Once the containment structure is in place, actual construction will begin. Most of the construction will be performed below the bridge from the barge.

The traveling public can expect periodic single lane closures at night to allow the contractor to move equipment. The lane closures will be Sunday night through Friday morning, 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. A complete two week night time closure of the bridge is scheduled in 2021 toward the end of the project.

An alternative route during periods of lane closures and the full night time closure is U.S. 101B over the Old Youngs Bay and Lewis and Clark River Bridges.

US 101: Farmer Creek Bridge Sec. (Tillamook County)

(Oregon Coast Highway, mileposts 82.74 to 83.08)

The work to be done under this Contract consists of the following:

-      Construct roadbed, aggregate base and asphalt concrete pavement.

-      Construct concrete curbs and islands.

-      Perform earthwork

-      Construct Bridge No 22654

-      Install drainage, guardrail, pavement markings and signing.

-      Reconstruct waterway passage.

-      Perform additional and incidental work and called for by the Plans and Specifications

This Project consists of installing temporary widening to accommodate traffic, constructing most of the new bridge, realigning traffic on to the new (partial) structure, demolition of the old structure, channel reconstruction and completion of the new Bridge. There will be 24 hour flagging during the stage construction with pilot cars. Traffic restrictions employing 24 hour flagging may occur beginning:

  • September 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 and September 1, 2020 through November 30, 2020 between 7:00pm Sunday and 12:00 pm Friday. Except between 12:00 noon preceding a legal holiday or holiday weekend and midnight on a legal holiday or the last day of a holiday weekend except for Thanksgiving, when no lanes may be closed from noon on Wednesday and midnight the following Sunday. Additionally, The Clover’s Day Festival is included as a Special Event which will be regarded as a holiday for this Project.

Single lane traffic will be allowed nightly only:

  • From July 01, 2020 through August 31, 2020, Sunday night through Friday morning between 5:00 pm and 11:00 am.

The Wayside will be closed for stages of construction and will be signed with the closure dates two weeks prior to being closed.

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