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US 199 at River Street Signal & Mid-Block Crosswalk
Project News
Signal poles are installed and will be turned on by the end of February
 

CAVE JUNCTION – Long awaited signal poles at River Street on U.S. 199 have been placed and will be activated by February 20.
 
The poles were placed the first week of February, and the planned short median will be placed shortly.
 
The River Street intersection is a main crossing for school children and school buses.
 
Signal poles for the mid-block crosswalk are scheduled to arrive soon and be placed by the end of March.
 
What is the function of the video detection cameras on the signal poles?
Click here for more information 
 
 
Project Location
US 199 (Redwood Highway) at River Street in Cave Junction – MP 28.5-28.7
 
Construction Cost
$541,000
 
What’s ODOT going to do?
Install new traffic signal to improve safety and operations. Construct left turn refuges improve safety to improve traffic flow.
 
As part of the intersection improvements for the left turn lanes, a 5 inch tall median will separate traffic between Palmer and River Street to the south, and extend approximately 320 feet to the north on US 199. Some driveways will also be relocated for safety.
 
By installing the signal for vehicles and pedestrians, this intersection/crosswalk will be greatly improved for all users, especially for elementary school students and school buses. It will also slow southbound traffic as it enters the Cave Junction urban area.
 
Construction impacts
Business access will remain open; blue ‘Business Access’ signs will be placed to allow greater visibility to those driveways. US 199 traffic will be restricted to a single lane during the summer of construction. It’s planned to have the signal improvements substantially complete by the beginning of the school year.
 
 
 
Project Fast Facts
Location: US 199 Cave Junction
Construction Budget: $541,000
Timeline: June-October 2011
 
 
 
Mid-Block Cross Walk
 
Also, part of the U.S. 199 @ River Street project will be the installation of a new mid-block crosswalk where a heavily used ‘unofficial’ one resides between Taylor’s Country Store and Dairy Queen.
 
This new mid-block crosswalk, which city officials requested, will feature a new state-of-the art, pedestrian activated, high visibility rectangular flashing beacon warning system for motorists that a pedestrian is about to enter the cross walk.  Illumination will also be enhanced with two new street lights at the crosswalk.
 
This addition to the River Street signal project will see significant savings since a contractor is already working nearby with similar tasks.  More importantly, this project will bring a significant safety measure to pedestrians, although users will still need to use caution and look ‘both ways’.
 
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Project News Releases
News Release August 18, 2011
News Release June 27, 2011

Contact Information
Dennis Steers
ODOT Public Service Rep.
541-621-7034
Dennis.Steers@odot.state.or.us