The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that the eastbound Exit 179 off-ramp on Interstate 84 to Interstate 82, west of Hermiston, will be closed for 24 hours beginning at 10 p.m. Sept. 7.
The closure is to seal the ramp’s bridge deck and complete other repairs.
“We wanted to get the word out as soon as possible so people know and can be prepared,” ODOT spokesman Tom Strandberg said.
According to Strandberg, the construction is happening now because there was another project completing bridge repairs to the north and now seemed the ample time to complete work on Exit 179.
During the closure, a news release from ODOT states motorists needing to use Exit 179 can instead take Exit 168 to U.S. 730, then continue on U.S. 730 for 15 miles until connecting to I-82 near Umatilla. It warns that travelers should be cautious using the U.S. 730 detour due to potentially higher traffic.
Non-commercial vehicles can also take Exit 180 at the Westland Road interchange to get on the I-84 westbound lanes and take Exit 179 from there to connect to I-82. Exit 180 is not suitable for commercial vehicles, Strandberg said, because the off-ramp’s turn radius isn’t as gradual as those built for freight trucks.