By Shelley Kurtz
WALTON AREA, Ore. The road to the Oregon coast, from
the valley, may be a little slow at times. This may be a particular
problem for those headed to the coast for spring break, next
week. It seems, the construction season is already underway
on Highway 126 from Eugene to Florence.
It's down to one lane of traffic for the section of roadway
just west of Walton. Subcontractors are on-site replacing
guard rails, repaving the roadway and reinforcing and widening
Brent Pierson, a construction specialist with the Oregon
Department of Transportation says, on the seven narrow bridges,
they've removed the curb and the rail on each side. That will
add about a foot and a half to the width of the road, allowing
some of the wider loads to drive safely over the crossing.
Crews are working 24 hour days, seven days a week to get
to work done. The $2.1 million dollar project will extend
the life of the roadway by about 20 years. However, if you're
thinking of taking a 'quick trip' to the coast, think again.
At times, it will be a little slow ... and there will be 10
to 15 minute waits.
The work is right on schedule. Pierson says, the project
in the Walton area should completed by late April.