Elk Drive paving project gets delayed
A paving project affecting the access to Lake Simtustus via Belmont Lane and Elk Drive, is taking longer than initially expected.
"Construction was originally scheduled to be complete by July 1, but at this point, it looks as though paving won't commence until July 8," said Steve Corson, spokesman for Portland General Electric. "The road should reopen July 26."
The contractor, Elting Northwest, is working on a project to realign portions of the road to increase width and improve approaches to curved sections, rebuild road shoulders to stabilize the edge of the road and also increase the road width in selected sections.
"The delay relates to scheduling and equipment issues during the busy summer construction season," said Corson.
The work, which is concentrated to the south of Willow Creek and spans almost 2 miles to Elk Drive, started in late April.
That segment of the road is closed, so members of the public who want to access Pelton Park or Lake Simtustus Resort will need to enter Pelton Dam Road from the other end, off U.S. Highway 26.
PGE worked with Jefferson County to obtain the necessary right-of-way work permits and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office to notify first responders.
In addition to providing recreational access to the area, Pelton Dam Road provides maintenance access to the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project, which is co-owned by PGE and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
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