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August 24, 2020

Office and lobby are OPEN.

However, due to the Declared Emergency related to the COVID-19 Pandemic our office staff is available for face to face meetings by appointment only.  We are still available via phone and email and will continue to provide key services.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


MON-FRI     8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please call the main phone line for assistance 541-766-6821.

If you are dropping off or picking up items, please place in the designated area located in our foyer or in the drop box located outside in our front parking lot. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times.


News from ODOT

8/25/17 - New transportation bill earmarks $20 million additional funds to Highway 20 safety improvements and $69 million for replacement of the Van Buren Bridge.

6/30/17 - New ODOT Website here.

3/29/17 - Major Highway 20 Improvements (not discussed below) complex and costly. See the article in the Gazette Time here.

10/14/16 - Work planned on Highway 20 between Corvallis and Albany!

US-20: Garland Nursery to Granger Ave (this is a combination of US-20 @ MP 5 and US-20 at Granger)

Issue: This segment has a primary crash pattern of running off the road and fixed object crashes.  At Granger, the crash pattern is vehicles stopping and taking insufficient gaps to travel onto the major road.  Vehicles using the right turn lane may be blocking the view of through vehicles.

Project Description: Widen shoulder by 3 feet on each side and install guardrail on east side of the highway.  At Granger, install a median acceleration lane and repave intersection to stripe in a buffered right turn lane. 

Cost: $4,010,600

Timeline:  We are in the process of determining the timeline but I can get that to you when I have some more certainty.  Ballpark a PE start date of early 2018.

US-20 at Merloy

Need: Crash pattern is rear end crashes in the northbound direction at Merloy Avenue.

Project Description: Install Left Turn Lane at the intersection of Merloy and US-20.  Additional (leverage) funds could be added to the project to provide a continuous left turn lane from Asbahr through the Children's Farm Home accesses. 

Cost: $4,211,389 (combined funding)

Timeline: Same as above, just need to get some certainty on timing. 


Public invited to share thoughts as ODOT develops new Public Transportation Plan. Find out here.

Click the following link to learn about the Highway 20 Safety Corridor Study between Corvallis and Albany : Safety Study The draft final report is now available. Check out the document at the bottom of this page.

Click the following link to learn about the Governor's Vision Panel on Transportation : One Oregon

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