Gordon McCraw

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We have a few showers moving southeastward through the area curtesy of an upper level disturbance riding the flow across the area.  The disturbance should be southeast of the area by the afternoon then we get a mix of sun and clouds with an afternoon high of around 62.  The flow shifts more northward tonight with light winds, still with some clouds, the low near 50.

Another disturbance drops southward tomorrow but does little other than to enhance the marine layer so tomorrow starts out cloudy but it does burn back slowly giving us a mostly sunny afternoon, then the clouds return tomorrow night, the lows near 47.

A weak ridge gives us a partly sunny and dry Saturday for the June Dairy Parade in Tillamook, the temperature at parade time around 58, climbing to near 63 by noon, the afternoon high near 64.

The marine layer pushes back in Saturday night into Sunday morning as a low pressure area drops south along the Canadian coast and with the strong onshore flow with the approaching low, we have a slight chance of showers starting Sunday night on through the middle of next week as the low starts to move eastward toward the Oregon/Washington border.  And the long range models suggest another low will keep the threat of showers in the forecast for the rest of next week as well.

High temperatures remain around 63, lows around 50.

Clatsop, Tillamook, Washington and Columbia Counties state highway construction update: June 24 – July 1

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 are to be completed by June 15, 2019. 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.

OR 47 Beaver Creek Bridge Replacement Project (Washington County)

(Nehalem Highway, mileposts 69.72 to 69.87)

This project consists of performing work as follows: construct work area isolation and remove existing bridge; construct pile foundations, abutments and bridge superstructure; install drainage and storm water facilities and roadway paving; install cast in place retaining wall; and perform additional and incidental work as called for by specifications and plans. Work has commenced for this season. Final wearing course paving and striping will continue next spring and will be completed by May 30, 2019.

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
  • new permenant striping.

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.

US 101: 12th Ave. to 10th Ave. (Seaside) Project. (Clatsop County)

(Oregon Coast Highway, mileposts 20.45 to 20.52)

This project includes work as follows:

  • Remove and replace separator island and;
  • Install temporary traffic control.

The traveling public can expect single lane closures at night to allow the contractor to perform concrete pours. The lane closures will be Sunday night through Friday morning, 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. During the daytime when demolition will take place, traffic will lanes will be shifted to accommodate traffic Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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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