Bennett Road closure begins
Access to Bennett Road at U.S. Highway 30 in Warren will close Monday, Sept. 27, as staging for construction work at the intersection begins.
At least one southbound lane on Highway 30, signed locally as Columbia River Highway, will remain open throughout the construction, the Oregon Department of Transportation confirmed.
The construction at Bennett Road will include widening the highway to increase the turn radius for right turns onto Bennett Road from the highway; installing lighting; making swales to absorb stormwater; and preparing for installation of a median, which will block left turns onto the highway from the east side of Bennett Road.
During construction, drivers can get to Bennett Road from the highway via Achilles Road or Church Road.
ODOT did not provide an estimate for how long this stage of construction would last.
The first stage of construction on Millard Road and Highway 30 took more than six months.
On Millard Road, at least one business at the intersection said the lengthy construction caused their profits to dwindle.
The Bennett Road intersection is not home to any businesses. There are homes a few hundred feet up the road, but the land closest to the corner is just grassy fields.
The full $7.5 million project will also include upgrades to the rail crossings at both intersections. That work isn't expected to begin until 2022, according to an ODOT project update.
"Some of the work we are doing needs to happen after the rail work is completed, including the final paving of the project area," the ODOT update stated.
A full traffic signal will be added at Millard Road as part of the project.
"Work for this project is being done in stages as our contractor coordinates with our utility partners and the railroad contractor. Some of our work is dependent on our partners work. For this reason, our schedule is subject to change," another ODOT update stated.
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