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Oregon 99 Rogue Valley Corridor Plan
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Oregon 99 corridor plan:

Draft plan released; drop-in Open house set

Thurs., July 24, 4-7 p.m. at JCFD #5, 5811 South Pacific Highway, Talent

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MEDFORD — An open house will be held Thursday, July 24, to examine the draft Oregon 99 Corridor Plan. The drop-in open house will be at the Jackson County Fire District #5 offices in Talent, 5811 South Pacific Highway, from 4-7 p.m.

“We’re trying to find a balance for Oregon 99 that meets the operational needs of the highway and local communities,” said Ian Horlacher, ODOT Planner. “Much of that balance is tied directly to safety issues.”

The Oregon 99 Corridor Plan began in 2010 with the goal of finding ways to enhance transportation safety and capacity over the next 20 years. A technical advisory committee is comprised of the local jurisdictions along Oregon 99, including Jackson County, Ashland, Talent, Phoenix and Medford as well as ODOT.

The proposals include:

From Charlotte Ann Road in south Medford to Fern Valley Road, in Phoenix: narrow existing highway lanes to add a bike lane and sidewalk on each side while maintaining a five lane section.

From Blue Heron park in Phoenix to the southern city limits: reduce the four lane section of highway to three lanes with a center turn lane, bike lanes and sidewalks.

From Phoenix to Talent, reduce the four lane section of highway to three lanes with a 14 foot turn lane and bike/pedestrian shoulder.

“While there’s no money currently tied to these improvements, just having this plan will help advance these proposals into the funding channel,” said Horlacher.

For more information about the plan and to see the draft study, visit the project website: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION3/Pages/OR99Corridor.aspx


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Working with the local residents and business owners who live and work along the corridor, the Oregon Department of Transportation is developing an Oregon 99 Corridor Plan that balances the important regional highway with its dual role as the main street for several Rogue Valley communities.

“For nearly a century, Oregon Highway 99 has connected Ashland and Medford,” said ODOT Planner Ian Horlacher. “It was the first paved highway in the United States to span a state from border to border.”

Interstate 5 was later built as the critical West Coast route.

“We’re trying to find a balance for Oregon 99 that meets the operational needs of the highway and local communities,” Horlacher said. “Much of that balance is tied directly to safety issues.”

The Oregon 99 Corridor Study started in 2010 with the goal of finding ways to enhance transportation safety and capacity over the next 20 years. A technical advisory committee is comprised of the local jurisdictions along Oregon 99, including Jackson County, Ashland, Talent, Phoenix and Medford, as well as ODOT.

Travel volumes along Oregon 99 have decreased in recent years.

“People have changed their driving habits,” said Horlacher. “We’re seeing decreases in traffic volumes related to the recession, technological advancements and other social changes.”

However, with 15,000-17,000 vehicle trips per day along the corridor, Oregon 99 needs improvements. There were 308 traffic crashes — most rear-end collisions or involved cars making left turns — reported from 2005 to 2009 along the section of Oregon 99 being studied.

ODOT staff and consultants have prepared a draft Corridor Plan for review. An open house is planned later in July so the public can review the proposals before the Corridor Plan is updated and taken to local communities for adoption.OR 99 CorridorByrum.jpg

“Many of the improvements, such as improving access and signage to the Bear Creek Greenway, are relatively low cost because they involve striping within the existing highway width and need no right of way purchases,” Horlacher said.

Corridor Plan proposals:

• From Blue Heron Park in Phoenix to the southern city limits: reduce the four-lane section of highway to three lanes with a center turn lane, bike lanes and sidewalks;

• From Phoenix to Talent, reduce the four-lane section of highway to three lanes with a 14-foot turn lane and a bike/pedestrian shoulder;

• From Talent to Ashland, reduce the four-lane section of highway to three lanes with a 14-foot turn lane and a bike/pedestrian shoulder;

• From Charlotte Ann in south Medford to Fern Valley Road in Phoenix: narrow existing highway to add a bike lane and sidewalk on each side while maintaining a five-lane section.

“While there’s no money currently tied to these improvements, just having this plan in place will help advance these proposals into the funding channel,” said Horlacher.

Project Documentation
OR 99 Rogue Valley Corridor Plan - May 2014 Draft (9MB PDF)
OR 99 CP Draft 2014_0521r.pdfOR 99 CP Draft 2014_0521r.pdf

OR 99 Corridor Plan - Update to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, Jan. 28, 2014
OR99CorridorPlanuUpdate-012814.pdf

News Release:
Corridor Plans for Highways 140 & 99 - Oct 31, 2011
 
Updates & Memos:
OR TAC/CAC Update - August 19, 2011
OR99 Corridor Plan Update - August 8, 2011
OR99 Technical Memo 1 Draft - February 2011
Technical Memo 1 Comments
OR99 Summary - 030812
 
 
Technical Memo Draft - 020211
Technical Memo 1 (App A) Draft - 020711
Technical Memo 2 Draft - 020811
Technical Memo 3 Ex Draft - 030311
Technical Memo 4 with Appendix
Technical Memo 5 Draft Figures - 030812
Technical Memo 5 - 030812
Technical Memo 5a Draft -101514
Technical Memo 5s Draft Figures - 101513
Technical Memo 7 Draft 01-22-13
Technical Memo 8 Draft 12-21-12
Technical Memo Road Diet DRAFT 09-04-12
Technical Memo Road Diet DRAFT Figures 09-04-12



For More Information
Ian K. Horlacher 
Development Review Planner 
(541) 423-1362 
email: Ian K. Horlacher@odot.state.or.us