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Construction Report

For more information:

Gary Leaming, ODOT Public Affairs
Jackson-Josephine Counties
Phone: (541) 774-6388

Dan Latham, ODOT Public Affairs
Douglas-Coos-Curry Counties
Phone: (541) 957-3601 

For Immediate Release

The following report is for August 22-29, 2014, and includes ODOT highways in Josephine, Jackson, Coos, Curry and Douglas counties. Projects are listed in the following order: highway, location, project name. Project construction costs are added in parenthesis as appropriate.


INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), Rock Point to Evans Creek Paving & Tolo Bridge Rehabilitation project ($6.2 million)

Tolo Bridge is expected to be opened to local traffic in time for September 2nd, first day of school. Watch for intermittent, single lane, night work on Interstate 5.

Beginning the weekend of September 5th, contractor Knife River will be working on the I-5 Old Stage Road bridge for one week. Grants Pass-Medford commuters should expect single lane southbound delays through the work zone. 

This project grinds and inlays I-5 and associated on and off ramps in the project area, including Rock Point (exit 43), Homestead (exit 45a), Valley of the Rogue (exit 45b) and Rogue River (exit 48). Only one ramp at a time will be closed. In addition, it upgrades guardrail, signs and installs cross-over cable barrier.

INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), Exit 24, Fern Valley (Phoenix) Interchange project ($72 million)

Bear Creek Greenway users are strongly encouraged to use the rapid flashing beacons for safe passage across Fern Valley Road.

Southbound exit 24 traffic is on the temporary on and off-ramps. Motorists are urged to use caution while exiting and driving in the interchange area.

The new southbound off-ramp features transverse rumble strips and an exit speed of 20 mph. The intent of the temporary ramps is to keep Phoenix connected to I-5, so the contractor can begin construction, without traffic, of new ramps and roads.

All Interstate 5 lanes are open in the project area, and speeds are reduced to 50 MPH in the work zone.

For the latest project video on construction got to: http://youtu.be/7ufp9vEVVQ0

OREGON 99 – Talent to the North Ashland area (Rogue Valley Highway)

Next week, from Talent Avenue south to north Main, watch for southbound shoulder closure as contractor paves where the waterline was installed.

A City of Ashland contractor has installed a new water line to Ashland.

OREGON 234 (Sams Valley Highway) MP .07-.8, Rogue River Greenway extension ($673,484)

Watch for intermittent single lane traffic controlled by flagger.

Work is off the roadway constructing an extension of the Rogue River Greenway Trail from Sardine Creek to North River Road. Project includes multi-use path, along the highway and a bike-ped bridge across Sardine Creek.


INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 0-155, California border to Elkhead Road barrier and guardrail replacement

Contractor will be working between the California border and mile point 12 on guardrail and delineators through August. Watch for intermittent single lane closures.

This project will repair or replace barrier and guardrail at several areas along I-5 in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties. Watch for intermittent daytime lane and shoulder closures.

Tiller-Trail Highway roadway improvements, MP 43-44, south of the Douglas/Jackson County Line, ($5 million)

Motorists should expect up to 20 minute delays controlled by flagger, through the work zone.

Construction is underway to widen and straighten the alignment on this section of roadway linking Jackson and Douglas counties. Four slide areas will also be improved.


U.S. 101 (Oregon Coast Highway), MP 233.4 to 234.5, McCullough Bridge rehabilitation (north section) ($23 million)

This five-year project will help prevent corrosion on McCullough Bridge by applying a cathodic protection treatment to the northern concrete arches of the structure.

Watch for intermittent nighttime lane closures. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed.

The sidewalk on both sides of the bridge has been reduced to three feet in width during construction.

NOTE: Due to construction activity and safety concerns, the access road at the northeast corner of the bridge is restricted. Only ODOT employees and contractors are permitted in this area. Please do not drive or park on the access road.

U.S. 101 (Oregon Coast Highway), MP 234-238, North Bend to Coos Bay paving, sidewalks and traffic signals ($6.5 million)

Watch for intermittent lane, shoulder and sidewalk closures throughout the project area.

OR42S (Coquille-Bandon Highway), MP 4.5 to 17.0, Low Volume Paving ($1.4 million)

Watch for single-lane closures controlled by flaggers. Expect brief delays.

OREGON 42 (Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway), MP 38.2 to MP 45.9, County Line Curves safety improvements ($7.5 million)

This project will improve safety through this corridor by straightening the road in some areas and improving sight distances for drivers.

Watch for 24-hour lane closures six days a week, from 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Saturday. Watch for flaggers and pilot cars. Watch for trucks entering and exiting the travel lanes.

On Labor Day weekend, Oregon 42 will be limited to a single lane with flaggers through the work zone. Expect brief delays.


U.S. 101 (Oregon Coast Highway), MP 330-331, Hunter Creek Bridge cathodic protection ($3 million)

Watch for workers and equipment in the roadway. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed.

U.S. 101 (Oregon Coast Highway), MP 354-356, Harris Beach Multiuse path ($1.3 million)

This project extends the multiuse path north from Harris Beach to the intersection of U.S. 101 and Dawson Road. Construction is scheduled for summer and fall 2014.

During the month of August, watch for daytime (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) lane closures on U.S. 101 between Dawson and Harris Beach for pile driving. All lanes will be open at night. Most work is scheduled for weekdays, though some weekend work may be necessary. Most delays will be under 10 minutes. Neighbors should expect daytime noise consistent with pile driving.

While the lane closures on U.S. 101 are in effect, motorists on East Harris Heights Road are allowed to turn left onto U.S. 101 southbound when they can safely do so. However, when visibility is compromised, motorists on East Harris Heights Road are advised to wait for traffic to clear before attempting to turn onto U.S. 101. Most delays should be less than 10 minutes.


U.S. 101 (Oregon Coast Highway), MP 211, Umpqua River & McIntosh Slough Bridge ($4 million)

This two-year project will paint and make repairs to the bridge over the Umpqua River and McIntosh Slough at the north end of Reedsport.

Traffic will be controlled either by a temporary traffic signal or flaggers.

The sidewalks on the bridge are closed until next year.

INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 162-170, Martin Creek-Anlauf Paving ($18.5 million)

This project will repair or replace much of the concrete road surface between south Cottage Grove (Exit 170) and the Oregon 38 junction (Exit 162). Construction will continue until the end of the year.

Until August 29, southbound I-5 traffic will be limited to a single lane at milepost 165 as two lanes of northbound traffic will be shifted onto a temporary alignment. Watch for intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures in both directions in other areas of the work zone. Watch for congestion and delays at peak travel times.

During Labor Day weekend, August 29-Sept. 1, all lanes and ramps throughout the project area are scheduled to be open.

After Labor Day, the project will enter a new construction phase, requiring some lane and ramp closures:

I-5 lane closures: Starting the week of Sept. 2-5, I-5 will be limited to one lane of traffic in both directions for 10 weeks. Both northbound lanes will be closed and I-5 traffic will be shifted onto a temporary alignment. Motorists should expect congestion and delays during peak travel times.

Exit 162 (Drain/Oregon 38 junction): Both northbound ramps at Exit 162 will be closed for 22 consecutive days starting in early September. Use alternate routes. While the two northbound ramps at Exit 162 are closed, all other nearby I-5 ramps will remain open, including: the northbound off-ramp at Exit 161 (Buck Creek), both southbound ramps at Exit 162, and all four ramps at Exit 163 (Curtin).

Exit 170 (south Cottage Grove) NB off-ramp: The Exit 170 northbound off-ramp will be closed for about 10 weeks, starting the week after Labor Day. Northbound I-5 motorists should use alternate routes. All ramps at Exit 174 (Cottage Grove) will remain open.

Exit 170 (south Cottage Grove) SB on-ramp: The Exit 170 southbound on-ramp is tentatively scheduled to remain open during this construction phase. However, vehicles entering I-5 will have to merge into a single-lane of traffic. Motorists are advised to drive with caution.

INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 0-154, California border to Elkhead Road barrier and guardrail replacement

This project will repair or replace barrier and guardrail at several areas along I-5 in Douglas, Josephine and Jackson counties.

In Roseburg, watch for nighttime (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) lane and shoulder closures between milepost 120 and 125 due to barrier replacement work. Motorists should watch for construction vehicles and workers in the area. Watch for some congestion on I-5 during the morning commute.

Watch for three nighttime (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) on-ramp closures at Exit 124 (Harvard) next week:

The Exit 124 northbound on-ramp (next to the high school) for westbound Harvard traffic is scheduled to be closedSunday night, August 24.

The Exit 124 northbound loop on-ramp for eastbound Harvard traffic is scheduled to be closed Monday night, August 25.

The Exit 124 southbound on-ramp will be closed later in the week, either TuesdayWednesday or Thursday night (August 26, 27 or 28). Watch for electronic roadside message boards.

At other times, watch for intermittent nighttime on-ramp closures at Exit 124 (Harvard) and Exit 125 (Garden Valley). Watch for roadside electronic message boards.

Elsewhere on I-5 in Douglas County, watch for intermittent lane and shoulder closures.

Various highways in Douglas County: Region 3 (Southwest Oregon) bridge deck overlay project

This project will pave the decks of several bridges in Douglas County between late July and early September. In most cases, paving work will only take about two days. Lane closures will be necessary for paving. Any delays will likely be brief unless otherwise noted. Additional lane closures will be scheduled at each bridge during mid-September for striping.

I-5, MP 124.2 (Roseburg): Watch for intermittent daytime lane closures on the I-5 bridge over Bellows Street the week ofAugust 25-29.

I-5, MP 113.5: Watch for intermittent daytime lane closures on the I-5 bridge over Clarks Branch Road the week of August 25-29.

I-5, MP 131.5: Watch for intermittent daytime lane closures on the I-5 bridge over Sutherlin Creek the week of Sept. 2-5and Sept. 8-12.


INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 67-82, Glendale to Hugo paving and northbound Sexton climbing lane ($28 million)

I-5 motorists should watch for intermittent lane and shoulder closures throughout the project area. Watch for roadside workers and equipment.

On Old Highway 99, watch for construction work and flaggers.

U.S. 199 (Redwood Highway), MP 7, Applegate River Bridge replacement ($5.8 million)

Watch for intermittent lane closures (6 p.m. to 10 a.m.) and expect brief delays in the project area. Flaggers will provide traffic control when necessary.

The speed limit on Redwood Highway has been reduced to 40 mph through the construction zone.

On Redwood Highway and Riverbanks Road, watch for workers and equipment on the shoulder, and watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the work zone.

INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 0-155, California border to Elkhead Road barrier and guardrail replacement

This project will repair or replace barrier and guardrail at several areas along I-5 in Josephine, Douglas, and Jackson counties. Watch for intermittent lane and shoulder closures.


INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 796-680, California/Oregon border to Redding construction

Labor Day (Monday) motorists should expect single lane traffic and major congestion and delays at the Antler’s Bridge project at Lakehead, about 100 miles south of the Oregon California border. http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist2/news.htm

Caltrans is working on several projects along Interstate 5 in northern California this summer. Southbound I-5 motorists should expect intermittent lane closures, congestion and delays from the state line to Redding, including one area north of Yreka on the Anderson Grade.

For more information, motorists are advised to visit the Catrans website (www.caltrans2.info), or contact Caltrans Public Information Officer Trisha Coder by phone (530-229-0511) or email (trisha.coder@dot.ca.gov).