July 29, 2010 For more information: Rick Little (541) 726-2442
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Survey work getting underway on OR 34 safety project
CORVALLIS — Corvallis area residents and motorists traveling OR 34 will soon see evidence of survey work connected to an ODOT project to improve safety on OR 34 between Peoria Road and the OR 34 South Bypass. The project is scheduled for construction in summer of 2011.
Survey flags will mark the alignment of a new frontage road that will be located on the north side of OR 34 between the planned realignment Wolcott Road and the O.S.U./ODFW research facilities.
The section of highway between Wolcott Road and the OR 34 South Bypass has a high number of automobile crashes. It ranks in the top 5% of crash sites in the state. Bicyclists share the highway with motorists traveling at expressway speeds and there are many driveways and roads that intersect the highway, making access to the highway challenging.
Project targets safety improvements for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians
The OR 34: Roche to Wolcott safety project is designed to improve the safety and efficiency of motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian travel along the highway and the OR 34/Peoria Road intersection.
The project will:
Align Wolcott Road with Peoria Road and expand the intersection with more turn lanes, improved signals and improved lighting
Construct a frontage road on the north side of the highway to carry local traffic to the new intersection, creating a safer entrance to the highway
Create a bicycle/pedestrian path on the north side of the highway between the South Bypass intersection and the O.S.U./ODFW research buildings to provide cyclists and pedestrians with a safe and separated path of travel
Widen Peoria Road by adding a center turn lane to make it safer to access the local market and residences
The $6 million OR 34: Roche to Wolcott safety project is a state and federally funded project.
The contract will be let in February of 2011 with construction expected to begin in the summer of 2011.
ODOT and Linn County are working on finalizing designs to realign Wolcott Road with Peoria Road and improve the intersection. ODOT is acquiring the right of way needed for construction.
Know Before You Go
To get the very latest road conditions, visit www.tripcheck.com
To get more information on this project, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION2/Roche_Wolcott.shtml