Phase 1 of multi-year improvements to Territorial Highway begins June 22

Phase 1 of multi-year improvements to Territorial Highway begins June 22
Posted on 06/17/2020

This summer, Lane County Public Works begins to make major improvements to the safety of Territorial Highway between Gillespie Corners and the community of Lorane.


Work begins on June 22 and includes stabilizing Stony Point, softening the sharp curves along this segment of road, and widening and paving the road.


Stabilizing Stony Point will require addressing three different landslides in a 2,500-foot section of road. A retaining wall will be constructed across the largest slide area. The landslide area will be excavated and replaced with soil and flexible mesh (geotextile) material to create reinforced soil. The new road will be constructed on top of the reinforced soil and retaining wall.


During construction, the road will remain open with at least one lane for travel. The travel lanes will be a gravel or dirt surface. There may be short intervals of limited traffic delays while construction work is in progress. It is recommended that people travelling on bicycles use alternative routes as the work zone will likely be steep and hard to navigate on a bicycle.


Work will continue into the fall, including travel delays. A wet summer or early start to the rainy season could extend the length of construction into late fall or the 2021 construction season.


The improvement plan reflects community and neighbor input gathered in 2014. More information about the project is available at


Territorial Highway Background:

The 42-mile stretch of Territorial Highway located within Lane County’s boundaries, with the exception of the portion that is also Highway 36, was transferred to the jurisdiction of Lane County from the Oregon Department of Transportation in 2019. Maintenance of the highway is set to transfer in sections to Lane County over the next four years.

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