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And the wet continues, for a couple more days anyway.  A look at the satellite picture shows the atmospheric river is breaking down.  A low pressure center is approaching Vancouver Island and is dragging a cold front and the weakening atmospheric river to the east and south with it.  

All this rain pushed up the river flow rates as expected and all have or are cresting below Action Stage and are finally on the way down.  It is still possible to see flooded roads which could still close a few roads until the water recedes.  Another issue is the Astronomical High Tides that are increasing through Sunday.  With the rivers still on the high side we could continue to see some overtopping of roads in areas that are susceptible to tidal river flooding.

Many of the rivers in north central and Eastern Oregon and Washington are in flood stage and are continuing to climb, some expected to reach Major Flood Stage.  I know at least one county has an Emergency Declaration and this is being eyed by several others as well.  Oregon Emergency Management has activated their response team and we will be hearing a lot about this over the next several days.

So, the front and its associated rain is moving southeast across the area and is expected to give us rain starting later this evening and/or tonight.  This will be followed by some showers tomorrow evening behind the front.  We should not see the moisture we saw yesterday and the day before so river flooding should not be an issue though this may keep certain rivers elevated that are susceptible to tidal flooding.  The higher High tide today was at 10:50am and reached 9.35’, tomorrow’s tide of 9.65’ at 11:41am, then they peak Sunday 9.78’ at 12:31pm.  They fall a little each day after that.

Cold air moves in tomorrow night as high pressure starts to build in.  If there is any residual moisture, the Coast Range passes could see some flurries at the summit but with the moisture becoming scarce, the chance if diminishing.  The low tomorrow night around 34.

Sunday and Monday the sun returns, the highs around 52, but with clear to partly cloudy nighttime skies Sunday, the lows drop to around 35.  We see a slight chance of showers in the area Tuesday, otherwise the mostly sunny skies continue Tuesday and Wednesday, highs near 53, lows near 37.

Clatsop, Tillamook, Washington and Columbia Counties state highway construction update: February 10-17

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 and perform repair work on the bridge. The lane closures will be Sunday night through Friday morning, 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. A pilot car may be used to guide traffic through the lane closure. 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.

US 101: Arch Cape Tunnel Lighting Replacement Project (Clatsop County)

(Oregon Coast Highway, mileposts 35.16 to 36.42)

This project includes work as follows:

  • Install temporary traffic control and;
  • Install pedestrian and bicyclist signals on either side of the tunnel; and
  • Replace overhead lighting in the tunnel.

This Project consists of installing new tunnel lighting and updating the electrical system in the tunnel on US101. New signs and signals for bike access will be installed on either end of the tunnel. One or more Traffic Lanes may be closed on the Oregon Coast Highway (US 101) during the following periods of time starting January 6th 2020:

  • Daytime lane closures Monday – Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Daytime lane closures Friday from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm (Noon)

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
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