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Oak St. closes Tuesday from First to Front

Downtown street work moves over; on Heights, work set back to March 3

 FIRST and Oak will close for three months starting Tuesday.

FIRST and Oak will close for three months starting Tuesday. Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.

Look for a big change in traffic in downtown Hood River starting Tuesday.

Crestline Construction is ready to move to the Oak and Front portion of the Urban Renewal Project. The shift had been delayed a week due to the winter weather.

Crestline and the City of Hood River are planning to close Oak Street to all vehicular traffic from First and Oak streets to Front and State streets starting Feb. 18.

Meanwhile, on the Heights, the water main work that will cross 12th and 13th streets will wait until March 3, and with it the major traffic rerouting that comes with that portion of the project, Public Works announced. (See future issues for details including a map of detours on and around Belmont and 12th and 13th.)

Downtown, eastbound traffic will be detoured starting Tuesday at Second and Oak streets, and westbound traffic will be detoured at Front and State streets.

Second Street and State Street will serve as the detour route. Delivery vehicles will be allowed access as needed.

Pedestrian access will be provided to all businesses at all times, but delays should be expected.

The closure will be from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday with the street being open to traffic nights and weekends.

The work is expected to take approximately three months with intermittent closures during this time.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Gary Lindemyer at 541-387-5204.

The work had been scheduled to start Feb. 5 but was delayed because of the weather.

Project Manager Bill Ketchum of Crestline Construction said temperatures would have to go above 30 degrees for work to continue on the State Street or Oak/Front portions of the project.

The forthcoming work on Front Street may cause temporary changes in the Astro gas station access at State and Front, meaning customers would drive up to the pumps from the east, coming off of Front Street.

The situation is the same with the city’s water main installation project on the Heights; whrre the 2-foot-diameter pipes await undergrounding by contractor MEI Construction.

The work is part of the Urban Renewal work that has kept portions of State Street closed or narrowed to single lane since November. The Oak and Front part of the project also represents a shift of emphasis from State to the Oak/Front portion.

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