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Construction Report

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Gary Leaming, ODOT Public Affairs         Dan Latham, ODOT Public Affairs
Jackson-Josephine Counties                     Douglas-Coos-Curry Counties
Phone: (541) 774-6388                              Phone: (541) 957-3601

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For Immediate Release:
The following report is for April 29-May 6, 2016, 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), Exit 24, Fern Valley (Phoenix) Interchange ($72 million)

The biggest headline for the project begins in two weeks on Monday, May 16. Beginning Monday through no later than Friday, May 20, the southbound on-ramp will be closed to allow the tie-in of the new permanent ramp to the existing temporary one. Southbound commercial trucks will be directed to use exit 27 (south Medford interchange).

This week watch for I-5 night time lane closures for guardrail work.

This coming Thursday and Friday, May 6 and 6, watch for base paving of Oregon 99 and Bolz Road. This begins the wrap-up of southbound Oregon 99 slow lane construction for widening and installation of storm drains, curb, gutter and sidewalk.


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

INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway) MP 12, Siskiyou Rest Area-Welcome Center - Phase 1 ($6.29 million)

The I-5 northbound slow lane is closed from about MP 10 to past the Crowson Rd. overpass. This allows the contractor to work a retaining wall on the southeast side of the bridge that intrudes into the I-5 slow lane shoulder. This is being done for the service road to the new facility.

The northbound speed limit is reduced to 55 MPH during this phase of work which will continue through end of June.

Wildish Standard Paving will continue to work on the retaining wall for the service road between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Crowson Road traffic should expect intermittent single lane traffic controlled by flagger when this work is occurring.

When the project is finished, this road will become a gated access road for facility staff. This first phase focuses ramps and roads for the new facility. A second phase next year will construct the rest area and welcome center buildings.


U.S. 199 (Redwood Highway) night paving at several locations

Copeland Paving will assist ODOT maintenance at several problem spots on Redwood Highway next Monday and Tuesday nights, weather permitting.

Expect single lane traffic northbound, beginning Monday night, May 2, 8 p.m. through early morning, from Ringuette Road east toward Wheeler Toyota. Crews will grind and repave the fast lane. They’ll be back at the same time, same location the following night to do the slow lane.

Also Monday night, May 2, they will move to the 7th Street Bridge and pave both lanes of the south side bridge approach from about 10 p.m. into the early morning hours.


EMPIRE BLVD: Newmark Ave. to Wisconsin Ave. street improvements (Coos Bay) ($5 million)

This project will upgrade a one-mile section of Empire Blvd. with new drainage, sidewalks, lighting, and paving.

The northbound lane of Empire Blvd. is closed between Newmark Ave. and Fulton Ave. Northbound motorists will detour from Empire Blvd. onto Fulton Ave. and Marple St. Watch for construction and detour signage.

The southbound lane of Empire Blvd. is open, though motorists should watch for bumps and uneven pavement through the work zone.

Motorists should expect congestion and delays of less than 20 minutes through the work zone. Watch for intermittent lane closures. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed.

Access to all local businesses will be maintained during construction.

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 across the bridge. Watch for flaggers and workers on the bridge.

Both sidewalks on the bridge are open. Pedestrians are advised to use caution.

U.S. 101 (Oregon Coast Highway), MP 198-229, Culvert and fish passage upgrades ($500,000)

This project repairs or replaces 19 culverts along U.S. 101 between the Lane/Douglas County Line and the Hauser community in Coos County.

Watch for intermittent lane and shoulder closures as various culverts are replaced or repaired. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers as needed.

NEW: OREGON 42 (Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway), MP 17.1, Gray Creek culvert replacement ($1.5 million)

This project will replace the Gray Creek culvert, which crosses under both Oregon 42 and Norway Road at milepost 17, about five mile east of Coquille. Construction is scheduled to be completed in September.

Starting Wednesday, May 11, Oregon 42 will be limited to one lane in each direction through the work zone (milepost 17). Watch for traffic control devices, construction vehicles and roadside work crews.

Starting Monday, May 16, Norway Road will be closed to through traffic at Gray Creek. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

OREGON 42 (Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway), MP 38 to MP 46, County Line Curves safety improvements ($7.5 million)

Watch for intermittent shoulder and lane closures for maintenance work.


U.S. 101 (Oregon Coast Highway), milepost 358.6, Sinkhole/culvert Repair

U.S. 101 has been reopened south of Brookings with a paved lane of traffic in each direction. Sinkhole repairs continue with work focusing on utilities, sidewalks, curbs, drainage, etc. on U.S. 101, Shopping Center Avenue and the parking lot where the sinkhole first appeared. Motorists should expect intermittent brief delays. Please watch for workers and equipment in the work zone.


U.S. 101 (Oregon Coast Highway), MP 198-229, Culvert and fish passage upgrades ($500,000)

This project repairs or replaces 19 culverts along U.S. 101 between the Lane/Douglas County Line and the Hauser community in Coos County.

Watch for intermittent lane and shoulder closures as various culverts are replaced or repaired. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers as needed.

U.S. 101 (Oregon Coast Highway), MP 211, Umpqua River Bridge concrete repairs and rail replacement ($5.3 million)

Watch for intermittent lane closures with brief delays. Flaggers will provide traffic control.

OREGON 38 (Umpqua Highway), MP 11.5 to 12.0, Luder Creek bridge construction ($2.6 million)

This project replaces an existing box culvert with a new bridge. Construction will be completed in fall.

Traffic will be reduced to a single 16-foot-wide lane and controlled by temporary traffic signals and occasional flagging. Please watch for workers.

OREGON 138E (North Umpqua Highway), MP 0 (Roseburg), OR138E Corridor Solutions project ($10.5 million)

The OR138E Corridor Solutions project will help improve safety in the downtown area and the flow of traffic between Diamond Lake Boulevard and I-5. Several improvements are planned for downtown streets, bridges and the bicycle/pedestrian network.

Throughout the work area, motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures and expect congestion and delays. ODOT advises motorists to use alternate routes and give themselves extra time to reach their destinations.

Stephens/Douglas intersection: Watch for flaggers both day and night at the Stephens/Douglas intersection. At night, traffic may be held up to 20 minutes at the intersection as workers install traffic signal poles.

Douglas Avenue: Watch for intermittent shoulder and lane closures near the corner of Douglas Avenue and Spruce Street.

Spruce Street: The one-block section of Spruce Street between Washington and Oak Avenues is closed to through traffic until the middle of May. Access to local businesses will be maintained, and motorists will be able to use the Washington-Spruce intersection.

Oak, Spruce and Parrott: Watch for lane closures on Oak Avenue between the Umpqua River Bridge and the railroad tracks. On the south side of Oak, the Spruce Street and Parrott Street will be intermittently closed to through traffic. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Pedestrians should watch for sidewalk and crosswalk closures throughout the work zone. Please look for pedestrian detour signs.

INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 154 – 163, Anlauf-Elkhead Rd. Paving ($29.5 million)

This two-year project replaces eight miles of deteriorated asphalt with 11” of reinforced concrete pavement. The project will also add an auxiliary southbound climbing lane between MP 162-160, bridge deck overlays, upgraded guardrail, signing and striping.

Motorists should expect intermittent 20-minute delays due to rolling slowdowns. The southbound rolling slowdowns will occur between milepost 174 and 160, while the northbound slowdowns will occur between milepost 150 and 162. Message boards will be placed to provide motorists advanced notice.

Watch for lane closures and 18’6” width restrictions in both the northbound and southbound directions.

I-5 is limited to a single lane in each direction through the work zone, and a crossover is in effect between milepost 157 and 160. Motorists should drive with caution and watch for potholes.

At Exit 162 (Drain/Oregon 38 junction), the southbound on ramp is closed until October. A two mile detour is in place. Oregon 38 motorists are advised to take I-5 north to Exit 163 (Curtin) and turn around.

At Exit 160 (Salt Springs Road), the northbound off-ramp will be closed until mid-May. Use alternate routes.

At Exit 159 (Elk Creek/Cox Road) both northbound ramps will be closed until mid-May. Use alternate routes.

INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 112-117, Roberts Mountain survey and drilling work

Throughout March and April, Interstate 5 motorists should watch for weekday shoulder closures in both directions between milepost 112 and 117.

Various locations in Douglas County and Jackson County, Rogue/Umpqua guardrail replacement ($600,000)

Expect brief delays and watch for intermittent lane closures with flaggers at the following locations:

Oregon 138E (North Umpqua Highway), MP 38 to MP 46

Oregon 230 (Diamond Lake Highway), MP 0 to MP 10.3

Oregon 62 (Crater Lake Highway), MP 56