Construction mix-up causes delays in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation reports a mistake in construction caused a serious traffic delay this morning outside of Ashland.

According to ODOT, Knife River was scheduled to work on Highway 99 until 6 am Thursday morning. It’s part of the project to improve the road between Talent and Ashland. ODOT noted the paving plan would have had the work wrapped up by six, but a mistake put the crew hours behind.

“That paving plan was not followed, mainly because they had ground out their section and filled it with oil to the project limit, so their hands were tied,” ODOT spokesperson Gary Leaming said.

ODOT says as a result, traffic was backed up in all directions Thursday morning. Drivers we spoke with say they waited at least 20 minutes.

Paving in the opposite lanes will continue Thursday night around 7 pm, and should be finished by 6 am Friday morning.

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