Highway chip seal projects begin today in Umatilla County area

PENDLETON, Ore. – Travelers are cautioned to watch for construction crews who will be chip sealing several highway sections in the Umatilla County area this month. Starting today the four highway segments listed below will receive the pavement preservation treatment that includes spreading rock chips onto a bed of emulsified oil, then compacting the material with rollers. The procedure helps protect and extend the life of existing pavement surfaces.

Travelers are cautioned to watch for work crews and expect lane closures, reduced speeds, day and nighttime flaggers, pilot cars, loose rock on the roadway and delays up to 20 minutes through the work zones. Locations are listed by mile point (MP). All dates are subject to change due weather or other unforeseen conditions.

OR 331 (Umatilla Mission Highway) – Between OR 11 and Wild Horse Resort, MP 0.0-4.2. Work expected to start June 2 and take about two days.

US 30 (Pendleton Highway) - At east end of Pendleton between OR 11 and Interstate-84 Exit 213, MP 4.62-6.49. Work expected to start June 4 and be completed in one day.  

U.S. 730 (Columbia River Day Highway) Between I-84 and the Washington State Line. MP 168.2.-174.3 and MP 191.6-203.3 (no work between Canal Road at MP 174.3 and OR 207 at MP 191.6). Work expected to take place June 5 and June 9-12.  

U.S. 395 (Pendleton-John Day Highway) Between Pendleton and Cape Horn, MP 2.74-36(B). Work expected to take place June 16-19, June 23-26 and June 30.

Work on the $2.65 million Oregon Department of Transportation contract is being performed by Harney Rock and Paving, Inc.

In addition to this work, another two dozen highway sections in eastern Oregon will see construction activities this summer.