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New Highway 140 roundabout opens to traffic on Wednesday

Drivers will be routed through the new roundabout east of White City beginning on the morning of August 26.

Posted: Aug 25, 2020 5:23 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2020 5:30 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The brand new roundabout on Highway 140 just east of White City saw its "partial" opening on Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) says.

Starting Wednesday morning, drivers will need to watch for traffic control changes. ODOT advises slowing down and using caution through the area, which is still an active work zone.

"Night time/early morning traffic should watch for flaggers and up to 20 minute delays through early Thursday morning," ODOT said. "Our contractor is working on transitions from the existing highway onto the new roundabout."


RELATED: ODOT to add roundabout at future Foothill Road and Highway 140 intersection (2019)


While the roundabout itself is completed, routing traffic through the new feature will allow road crews to finish work on Foothill Road and Atlantic Avenue, joining them together. Then crews will modify the Kershaw Road intersection — effectively severing the dangerous highway crossing at Kershaw, a frequent site of deadly crashes.

Once all legs of the roundabout are finished, crews will do the final striping and signage. The project is expected to be finished in mid-September, ODOT said.

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