$10M Blackwell Rd / OR140 Upgrade Project Begins Today

Drivers on Oregon 140 east of Interstate 5 Exit 35 will see construction beginning today through October for a project designed to upgrade the narrow roadway for safety with a straighter alignment, center turn lane and wider shoulders.

Knife River Materials will begin the $10 million project by removing trees and shrubs in the project area before starting roadway construction. Drivers should expect flaggers and short delays during the day. Some of the tree removal will be done at night.

Besides a straighter and wider roadway, the project will build a center turn lane to safely access adjacent properties, wider shoulders for emergencies and, on the east side, a 10 foot multi-use path which will act as an extension of the Bear Creek Greenway from Dean Creek Road to Blackwell Road. 

By July, an informal park and ride near the Exit 35 southbound on-ramp will move to Willow Springs Road, west of the interchange to accommodate a water quality pond.

One full weekend closure will be in effect Friday, July 29 through early Monday, August 1 at Willow Creek to adjust the roadway grade.

Known locally as Blackwell Road, ODOT acquired this section of road and Kirtland Road from Jackson County. Oregon 140 between White City and Interstate 5 has a mix of commuter traffic along with a high number of interstate and aggregate trucks.

Courtesy of ODOT