Adults, children, friends and family are all invited to come out and walk, run, or bike on the nearly completed section of Hwy 20 near Eddyville. Saturday October 1st from 1-5 p.m., the Hwy 20 community will gather to celebrate the new section of this historic roadway before it opens to traffic. The entrance to the event is just west of Eddyville, at milepost 21,on the existing hwy 20. Visitors will drive onto the site for just over 2-miles, and then have 2.2 additional miles to explore. The entire new portion of roadways is 5 and a half miles. The westernmost portion of the roadway will be unavailable, as it is scheduled to remain under construction. Elected officials and special guests who championed the project will be there to talk about their thoughts and experiences.
ODOT experts will also be present to discuss engineering challenges and solutions, wildlife habitat connections, landscaping and more. Construction is moving forward on the project and most of the focus is now on the west end curve tie-in. Because of the change in season and shorter days, closure times on the project are moving earlier. The road will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Saturday through Thursday nights. The road remains open on Fridays. The new section of road is scheduled to open in October, but overnight closures will continue through October at the west end curve. The closures are necessary to allow construction activities and blasting to continue directly adjacent to (and above) the existing highway. Overnight closures are not planned for construction at the west end curve next year. An agenda and more information on the event is available at us20pme.com.