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Oregon Coastal Notes Newsletter—Modernizing U.S. Highway 20: Overcoming Adversity in the Coast Range (April 2009)

This newsletter examines the U.S. Highway 20 Modernization Project, both past and present construction jobs.  The present construction on U.S. Highway 20 is the Pioneer Mountain-Eddyville highway modernization project and is tentatively scheduled to open for traffic in late summer of 2011.

The highway improvements will knock 10 to 15 minutes off the travel time between Corvallis and Newport.  Currently, it takes about an hour.

Getting an amazing asset like this built in an age of limited resources was not easy.  The story of U.S. Highway 20 gives people a playbook for what it takes to make big projects happen.

We are extremely proud to dedicate this newsletter to the memory of Randy Papé, former Oregon Transportation Commissioner who suffered a heart attack at age 58 and passed away November 6, 2008.  He had battled cancer for 11 years.  Randy was president and CEO of The Papé Group, a network of heavy equipment dealerships located in Eugene, Oregon.  Randy Papé was also a great supporter of the University of Oregon and an avid Duck fan.  Randy was a key player, along with many others, in making this important project happen.

The newsletter and numerous news articles on the Highway 20 Modernization Project can be downloaded below under Printable Reports.  Click on any photo below to enlarge. 

ODOT U.S. Highway 20 Modernization Tour of March 3, 2009
ODOT U.S. Highway 20 Modernization Tour of March 3, 2009
Buried Cedar Tree at Highway 20 Crystal Creek Drainage Site (Photo courtesy of ODOT)
Buried Cedar Tree at Highway 20 Crystal Creek Drainage Site (Photo courtesy of ODOT)
U.S. Highway 20 Crystal Creek Drainage Landslide (Photo courtesy of ODOT)
U.S. Highway 20 Crystal Creek Drainage Landslide (Photo courtesy of ODOT)
U.S. Highway 20 Existing/New Alignment Map (Map courtesy of ODOT)
U.S. Highway 20 Existing/New Alignment Map (Map courtesy of ODOT)
U.S. Highway 20 Modernization Project Tour of March 3, 2009
U.S. Highway 20 Modernization Project Tour of March 3, 2009
U.S. Highway 20 Modernization Project Groundbreaking (August 4, 2005)
U.S. Highway 20 Modernization Project Groundbreaking (August 4, 2005)
Commissioner Don Lindly, Lincoln County
Commissioner Don Lindly, Lincoln County
Randy Pape, OTC and Representative Alan Brown at U.S. Highway 20 Modernization Project Groundbreaking (August 4, 2005)
Randy Pape, OTC and Representative Alan Brown at U.S. Highway 20 Modernization Project Groundbreaking (August 4, 2005)

Printable Reports

Oregon Coastal Notes Newsletter—Modernizing U.S. Highway 20: Overcoming Adversity in the Coast Range (April 2009)

Newport News-Times—Highway 20 News Article (7-22-09)

Newport News-Times—Highway 20 News Article (7-22-09 #1)

Oregonian—Highway 20 News Article (3-8-09)

Newport News-Times—Highway 20 News Article (3-6-09)

Newport News-Times—Highway 20 News Article (3-4-09)

Oregonian—Highway 20 News Article (8-16-08)

Newport News-Times—Highway 20 News Article (8-15-08)

Oregonian—Highway 20 News Article (5-20-08)

Newport News-Times—Highway 20 News Article (4-25-08)

  


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