Oregon interprets lane closure to mean that any work in or near a live travel lane adversely affects capacity. The state’s traffic analysts determine the hours when they want to avoid impacts to capacity. Within every contract, a “Lane Restrictions” section is included (see Section 220.40(e) of 2002 Special Provisions) within the special provisions that informs the contractor when work can and cannot be done within a closed lane(s).
If the “Lane Restrictions” section states “Do not close any lanes on XXXXX highway between the hours of 6am and 9pm,” then a contractor is not allowed to begin to setup lane closure devices until 9:00pm. Contractors are expected to include setup and takedown times for any traffic control devices in their construction schedule. In the event lane closures are to occur nightly in the same location over a number of days or weeks, temporary signing can be installed ahead of time and simply covered during non-work hours.
Topics: Lane Closure