The Historic Columbia River Highway is getting a facelift.
The lane closures started today as the first step in a year-long project. Workers are restoring the Crown Point viaduct and repaving three miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway between Larch Mountain Road and Latourell Falls. The Oregon Department of Transportation said from now through the end of August drivers should expect half-hour delays.
The historic Vista House overlooking the Columbia River Gorge will also be closed for the last three months of the year. The project is expected to be finished by the end of next spring.
Here is the closure schedule:
July 16 to Aug. 31, 2012: The Historic Columbia River Highway from Larch Mountain Road to Bridal Veil Falls will see periodic weekday lane closures with traffic delays of up to 30 minutes. Vista House will be open.
Sept. 4 to Sept. 30, 2012: The highway from Crown Point to Latourell Falls will be closed to all pedestrians and vehicles, including bicycles, with Larch Mountain Road to Crown Point closed to vehicles longer than 25 feet. Vista House will be open.
Oct. 1 to Dec. 31: The highway from Larch Mountain Road to Latourell Falls will be closed to all pedestrians and vehicles, including bicycles. Latourell Falls to Bridal Veil Falls will be closed to vehicles longer than 25 feet Vista House will be closed.
Jan. 1 to April 1: Infrequent lane closures with specific traffic restrictions yet to be determined. Vista House will be open on its winter schedule.
April 1, 2013: Tentative start date for the final phase of the project, expected to be completed by late spring 2013. Periodic lane closures with specifics still to be determined. Vista House will be open.
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