by Gordon McCraw, Tillamook County Emergency Manager
Weather – 6/14/21 – 8:30 am
The Atmospheric River that has give us some much needed rain has drifted east a bit and now the main rain band is on the east side of the Coast Range. There were a few places over in the valley that set daily rainfall records Saturday and Sunday, but the front/atmospheric river is weakening so rainfall amounts should start to taper off.
This morning on the west side of the Coast Range we are seeing clouds, patchy fog and drizzle. We expect to see some partly sunny skies develop and between the daytime heating and a weak disturbance riding up in the flow that crosses tonight, there is still a chance of showers today, mainly in the afternoon and evening then again with the disturbance overnight into tomorrow morning. Highs today near 68.
The disturbance will help push the front eastward past the Cascades by tomorrow afternoon, so conditions begin to improve with partly cloudy skies expected by tomorrow night, highs tomorrow near 65, overnight lows near 47.
Wednesday, we return to summer with sunny skies with northwesterly winds 10-15 gusting to 25 and a high near 71, mostly clear skies that night, lows near 48. The sunny skies continue Thursday and Friday, still breezy at times high remain around 71, lows near 50.
The weekend is looking equally nice with mostly sunny skies, highs in the low 70s, still breezy at times, we could see some patchy fog as the winds die off at night under partly cloudy skies, lows near 51.
ODOT Area 1 Construction Update
U.S. 101: Young’s Bay (New Youngs Bay) Bridge Repair Project
Project Description: This project includes raising the lift span tower bracing above the high route clearance requirement, replacing rocker bearings, repairing damaged concrete, installing corrosion protection and replacing compression joint seals.
Traffic Impacts: Most of the work impacting the travel lanes will be done at night. There may be times when one-lane closures occur to accommodate equipment needed for the work and activities being done underneath the bridge.
A 14 day full night closure will occur from June 6th through June 18th, 2021 while replacing the lift span bracing. These dates are weather dependent. The night closures will detour traffic onto U.S. 101 Business route between the hours of 9:00 pm and 5:30 am.
U.S. 30: Millard & Bennett Roads (St. Helens) Section
Project Description: This project will improve the safety of U.S. 30 by adding a traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Millard Road, restricting left turns onto U.S. 30 from Bennett Road, increasing the turn radius for the right turn at U.S. 30 and Bennett Road, updating rail crossings at both Millard and Bennett Roads, and updating other intersection infrastructure for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicular traffic.
Traffic Impacts: Expect delays and lane closures. Traffic on U.S. 30 will not be detoured. The intersections of U.S. 30 and Millard Road and/or U.S. 30 and Bennett Road will be impacted at various times during construction.
U.S. 26: Necanicum Jct. – Nehalem River Bridge Section
Project Description: This is a roadway surface preservation project which will remove the surface of the asphalt and replace it with a new wearing surface. Side roads and approaches will also be repaved. In addition, new guardrail and signs will be installed throughout the project corridor. ADA ramps will also be installed at the end of bridge pedestrian facilities.
Traffic Impacts: Most of the work in two lane segments impacting travel lanes will be done at night with single-lane closures between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. In the four lane sections, work may occur during either daytime or nighttime hours while maintaining one travel lane in each direction. Paving is anticipated to begin on June 20th, 2021, Expect delays.
-*Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around work zones.