Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
‘ROAD WORK ahead’ was the general alert for the extensive two-way de-tours due to start Monday on the Heights, where 12th and 13th split. The reader board, along with the snow, went away Monday.
Two-way traffic will be the new and different pattern — temporarily — on some normally one-way couplets starting as early as Monday.
Motorists need to be aware that traveling through the Heights will be a different experience during daylight hours over the next few weeks.
Five more things to know
1 — 12th will be two-way for a three-block stretch between B Street and the 12th/13th split just south of Belmont.
2 — On 13th, northbound: Drivers will use the current left-hand (east) lane. Soundbound drivers will use the current right (west) lane.
3 — At the 12th/13th split, southbound traffic will veer to and merge with one-way traffic — as usual — heading in the direction of Rosauers and Columbia Gorge Community College
4 — Southbound traffic on 13th will need to turn left on A Street and go one block to 12th, then turn right onto 12th Street, taking them past Belmont, and merging with south-bound traffic.
5 — Public works director Mark Lago can be reached at 541-387-5201.
Check the Hood River News website and Facebook site for daily updates on the project, including alerts for when the 13th Street closure ends.
The city’s $12 million city waterline replacement project, which has snaked down the rural hillsides and along country roads in the past three years, reached city limits in late 2013 and is about to affect one of the busiest sets of intersections in the county: Belmont and 12th and 13th streets — with the biggest impacts coming first on 13th.
Flaggers, along with signs and dozens of cones, will be stationed at key locations to guide motorists.
The work means extensive excavation, requiring closure of key streets for as much as a month.
Though the closures and detours could take much less time to complete, city officials are prepping travelers for the likelihood that the project could take up to a month.
The city put up portable reader boards last week alerting the public to “road work, March 10 to April 10.”
It may not last that long, but next week is certain to be literal crunch time on the Heights.
The two-way pattern on 13th Street will start as early as Monday, though the weekend’s snowfall might push the effective date back a day or two, according to City Public Works Manager Mark Lago.
Hood River News will publish an update in Saturday’s edition.
Another critical point: the two-way detours will only be in effect during daylight hours.
Main thing to know:
The 13th Street section between A Street (aka Wilson) and Belmont will be closed, necessitating the changes.
n Eastbound traffic on Belmont must turn at 14th to avoid the 13th/Belmont intersection, which will be closed.
n Belmont between 12th and 13th will be closed.
n Belmont between 12th and 11th will also be closed.
n Wilson Street, running east from 12th, is unaffected.
The 12th Street closure is phase two of the Heights detour project.
Phase two could start within days of phase one, but no timeline has been set by the city at press time.
(See Hood River News website and Facebook for updates.)
Key points on phase two:
n 12th will be closed from the 12th/13th split to A/Wilson Street.
n The curving section of 13th in front of Hood River armory becomes two-way: All northbound traffic will veer to the east lane of 13th, while southbound traffic will veer to the west lane of 13th.
n Traffic heading north on 13th will turn right at A Street, and then left (north) on 12th street, where it will return to the usual northbound pattern for both lanes.