Construction along Hwy 101; drivers 'shouldn't expect many delays'

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Drivers might see more traffic delays on Highway 101 in February as crews start to lower and adjust manholes.

The construction is a part of the Oregon Department of Transportation's "Hwy 101: paving signals and sidewalks project".

Crews will set to work near the Mill Casino, heading north toward the McCullough Bridge before working their way south along Hwy 101.

There are about 80 manholes in total, so Knife River Project Manager Randy Cotton anticipates repairs to take about a month and a half.

"They shouldn't expect many delays. We're gonna do single lane closures and they should be able to just merge into one lane and get right on through," said Cotton.

He said that the adjustments will make the road smoother when the paving work is finished.

Police officials ask drivers to slow down in construction areas, and to obey all flaggers and traffic signs.