Continued HWY 213 construction impacts traffic
For the next couple of weeks, Highway 213 travelers near Mulino can expect traffic congestion.
On Tuesday, March 20, flaggers began directing traffic through a single travel lane along the highway near South Eldorado Road. This will continue on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for up to 12 business days, according to Oregon Department of Transportation.
ODOT has been working on Highway 213 for months due to damage from a still-moving landslide that activated as a result of record rainfall. They have installed all 40 of the planned drains below the highway, plus two additional, to drain water from the area in hopes of alleviating impacts of the slide.
The current traffic delays are the result of ODOT's next phase of work. They will be drilling in the area to install geotechnical instrumentation so ODOT can monitor the landslide area long-term, according to Katelyn Jackson of ODOT Community Affairs.
Additionally, ODOT's contractor began work on South Union Mills Road this week. Travelers can expect daytime lane closures with flaggers directing traffic on Union Mills from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. ODOT says to expect up to 20-minute delays.
ODOT is encouraging travelers to use tripcheck.com for checking travel conditions.