Travelers using Oregon Highway 11 between Pendleton and Athena can expect multiple work zones and delays over this and next week as ODOT’s contractor works to complete upgrades to guardrail, pavement striping and rumble strips along the route. Pavement resurfacing that was also part of the project was completed earlier. Motorists are reminded to plan extra travel time to accommodate several separate work areas, some with minor delays of 10 minutes or less, others could extend up to 20 minutes, each. Current work zones began at mile post 4 (4 miles east of Pendleton) moving north for rumble strip construction, guardrail work near mile post 7, and grinding and inlaying of durable striping near mile post 15, working north.
Activities will be heavy this week, with fewer work zones next week. ODOT and their contractor understand these traffic impacts are frustrating to motorists and will keep the delays to a minimum, as much as possible. Safety for travelers and construction workers is a primary concern. A construction work was struck and killed in an OR 11 project work zones earlier this summer.