24-7 weekend work March 20-23 opens
new eastside connections
Weather-permitting, round the clock construction will begin Friday night, March 20 to open three critical roadways on the Fern Valley interchange project. By Monday afternoon, all connections will be opened.
Traffic will be affected most by the full closure of North Phoenix Road, north of the Home Depot. All traffic coming from southeast Medford to Phoenix must use alternate routes.
Throughout the weekend, the new and existing roadway alignments will be constructed. It will be reopened by early Monday morning, in time for the morning commute.
Here is what we know today
Here’s the rundown:
• FULL CLOSURE for the weekend: North Phoenix Rd., just north of the project area near Arrowhead Ranch, will be closed to ALL TRAFFIC, INCLUDING EMERGENCY SERVICES, from Friday, 10 p.m. until after early Monday morning. This will allow the contractor to ‘tie in’ the new North Phoenix Road. ALL traffic between Phoenix and south Medford will need to alternate routes, such as I-5.
• Temporary northbound I-5 on ramp will be constructed and opened by Monday afternoon using Grove Road. The existing northbound on-ramp will remain open until the switch.
• The Fern Valley Road-North Phoenix Road (actually the new Grove Road) connection will be made. The new signal behind the Home Depot will be working as well.
The temporary connection to I-5 is expected to be in operation through late this year when the new interstate crossing opens, along with the northbound on ramp and southbound off-ramp. Work will then focus on building the new permanent ramps on the south side of the interstate bridge.
The $72 million Fern Valley Interchange project began in in the spring of 2014. Due to the projects size and complexity - it encompasses east and west Phoenix roadways, I-5 and Oregon 99 - the project requires more than two full construction seasons, finishing in September 2016. It also includes bike and pedestrian connections.
Diverging Diamond Interchange
The new interchange bridge is being constructed just north of the existing bridge, leaving most roadways west of the interchange relatively untouched. The Diverging Diamond interchange design has a narrow footprint, which helps avoid touching most businesses during and after the project.