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There is a weak upper level low pressure area west of Washington, drifting northeast towards Vancouver Island that is helping to generate showers, a line of which passed through the area early this morning.  We continue to have light scattered showers that are moving northeastward as well.  The shower activity could increase this afternoon with daytime heating if we get enough (any) sunbreaks.

The widely scattered showers will persist tonight, bringing light rain or drizzle into tomorrow morning then back to a slight chance of afternoon showers tomorrow afternoon.  High temperatures in the upper 60s, lows in the upper 50s.

Wednesday, we have another threat of rain and rainshowers associated with a front that will be approaching the region.  So, we will see increasing clouds Wednesday with a slight chance of showers during the day then the rain rolls in Wednesday night around midnight that persist into Thursday morning.

Friday on through the weekend we see high pressure returning which also brings mostly sunny days with high temperatures up around 70, and partly cloudy nights, lows around 52.

Hwy 101 Bridge Work Continues, Lincoln City

LINCOLN CITY- A temporary pedestrian crossing will be installed the week of July 15 on U.S. 101 at the south end of the Schooner Creek Bridge. This marks the beginning of repairs and upgrades to the bridge located at the southern entrance to Lincoln City.

Initial work will occur under the bridge. Nighttime lane closures are expected to begin in August. Expect minor delays.

The Schooner Creek Bridge and Devil’s Lake Outlet Bridge (D-River) are being protected and improved, along with other coastal bridges. Between now and 2021, the bridges are receiving:

Repairs to damaged concrete.

Installation of a zinc coating or zinc blocks to protect the bridges from the harsh coastal climate.

Replacement of bridge railings to meet current crash standards.

Strengthening of the bridge structures with steel and titanium.

Work on Schooner Creek Bridge is expected to last a year and a half. Work may occur day and night. When work does occur at night, lanes will be closed, with traffic flagged through the work zone.

Work on D-River Bridge continues during the day underneath the bridge. Short duration lane closures are allowed from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2020.

More information, including a signup for updates, is available at the project webpage. All schedules may change and are weather dependent.

 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 scheduled to begin bridge demolition mid-October 2018, and was scheduled to be completed by June 15, 2019. However, due to unforeseeable weather and unanticipated construction issues, the new completion date of August 1st, 2019 has been established. The remaining work is to be completed no later than June 30, 2020.

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: Dooley Bridge – JCT US 26 SEC. (Clatsop County)

(Oregon Coast Highway, mileposts 22.52 to 24.95)

  • This project includes work as follows:
  • Soft spot repairs;
  • asphalt grinding/inlay;
  • installing centerline rumble strips north of Beerman Creek; and
  • Pavement Marking.

The traveling public can expect single lane closures at night to allow the contractor to perform work. The lane closures will be Sunday night through Friday morning, 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. During the summer months of July and August the lane closures will be Sunday night through Friday morning, 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 am. A pedestrian transport vehicle will be available during working hours to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

OR 22: Sourgrass Creek Culvert Project (MP 11.33)

An existing culvert near milepost 11.33 is being replaced with a new bridge. This new structure is being constructed one half at a time. Due to limited working space one lane of traffic will be closed for the duration of the project. Traffic will be controlled with 24 hour flagging once bridge construction begins.

Crews are working on temporary widening in preparation for bridge construction. One lane will be closed at all times. Expect minor delays. No additional full weekend closures are currently scheduled until early fall of this year. During the closures traffic will be detoured using US 101 and OR 18  Steven Schultz (541)757-4158

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