Salt Creek Tunnel Scheduled for Weeknight Closures

The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced lane restrictions and nighttime closures at highway 58, Salt Creek Tunnel, approximately 22 miles east of Oakridge, will begin Wednesday, April 17th as the project begins its second season of construction.

Effective during daylight hours today, the highway will be reduced to a single lane for two-way traffic. Flaggers and a pilot car will control travel in alternating directions. Drivers should anticipate delays of 5-20 minutes. Also beginning tonight, highway 58 (Willamette Hwy) will be closed to all traffic in both directions between milepost 56 and milepost 59, Monday through Thursday nights between 8pm and 6am. There is no local detour available and drivers will need to use an alternate route.

There will be no nighttime complete closures from Friday at 6am until Monday at 8pm during the construction season. The single lane restriction will remain in place during all hours when the tunnel is open.

Nighttime highway closures:

Monday-Thursday, from 8pm to 6am.

Open to a single lane of travel weekdays

Monday-Thursday from 6am – 8pm.

Open to a single lane, day and night on weekends

Friday at 6am until Monday at 8pm.

Oakridge will always be open for business from the west. Crescent Lake and Willamette Pass will always be open for business from the east

During nighttime highway closures, drivers, other than freight haulers, have several alternate routes for travel from Eastern and Central Oregon to the Interstate 5 corridor.

In Southern Oregon-OR 140
In Central Oregon-US 20/OR 126
In North Central Oregon-US 26

Built in 1939, the tunnel needs serious repair and the adjacent west half viaduct, and the three east viaducts are failing and need to be replaced.

This year, the project is scheduled to:

Place the remaining foundation piles for the half viaducts. Construct the half viaducts using precast beams and decks
Repair and seal the tunnel liner
Repair the tunnel lighting
Construct Variable Message Signs, TripCheck camera, and weather station

Capital Concrete Construction, Inc. of Aumsville, Oregon was awarded the $9.4 million low–bid contract.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 and is filed under Local News, State News.