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Oregon 62 Expressway project (also known as Oregon 62: I-5 to Dutton Road project)

Project News

Knife River Materials and is subcontractors work near the Coker Butte Road overcrossing before the fall rains. Upton Creek flows through a new culvert (lower left) while the new retaining wall is under construction adjacent to the new International Way connector to businesses east of the Medford airport.
February 17-24:
OREGON 62 (Crater Lake Highway) Expressway Project- Unit 2 Phase 1 ($120 million) MP .7-1.73
U-turn at Poplar and Bullock Roads has been removed for the on-going phase between Poplar and Delta Waters Road due to narrow west side work area.
This week, day and night crews will begin excavating and installing base rock in preparation for roadway widening as well as curb line, sidewalk and driveways on project’s south end between Poplar Drive and Delta Waters Road.
The Delta Center entrance west of Starbucks will remain open to traffic during construction. Its exit will not open while the new westbound lanes can be constructed over the directional interchange.
All lanes Oregon 62 lanes will be open between 6 a.m. – 7 p.m., Mon.-Thurs, and 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
Phase II work begins in March: Intersection of Oregon 62 near Corey and Agate Roads: expect night time, single lane traffic, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. for Avista utility work.

More night time work planned on Oregon 62
As construction transitioned from summer to winter, more nighttime work between Poplar Drive and Delta Waters Road is just one of the differences people are experiencing OR62Montage.jpg

as they travel through the Oregon 62 Expressway project work zone.
The $120 million multi-phase project will increase capacity and improve safety along the Crater Lake Highway (Oregon 62) corridor, a critical business connection for commercial freight, tourism and commuters.
“The safety concern is higher crash rates at corridor intersections, especially from Interstate 5 to Delta Waters Road,” said ODOT Project Information Specialist Gary Leaming. “The busiest intersection in the Rogue Valley is Oregon 62 and Delta Waters Road. It has traffic numbers higher than those along I-5 north of Medford.”
Reducing Traffic Impacts
Weather permitting, prime contractor Knife River Materials of Central Point is currently replacing curb, gutter and sidewalk along the south side of the Crater Lake Highway. A temporary, multi-use path, located on ODOT-owned property south of the existing sidewalk, allows pedestrian access during this work, which includes new drainage to accommodate highway widening.
Project plans require Knife River and its subcontractors to keep two lanes of Oregon 62 open in each direction from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
“Our schedule is designed to reduce traffic impacts because the daily volumes on Oregon 62 are so high,” said ODOT Project Manager Fletcher. This is critical during construction of a new (third) travel lane for eastbound motorists on Crater Lake Highway.
“The Lone Pine Creek and Upton Creek culverts have been replaced with new, fish-friendly passages,” said Fletcher. “The realignment of the Lone Pine Creek culvert near Lava Lanes will permit construction of a new directional interchange across from Hubbard’s Hardware to resume.”
The Oregon 62 access out of the Delta Center near Starbucks is temporarily closed so work can begin on the new westbound travel lanes, which will be incorporated into the new directional interchange.
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 The project’s second phase, scheduled to bid in December, will continue the new roadway north. The road will span Vilas Road with an overpass as it follows the Old Medco Haul Road before connecting with the existing Oregon 62 corridor near Corey Road.
Once the project is completed, through traffic will travel along a 4.5-mile, four-lane expressway on the east side of the Medford Airport. The expressway will cross over Vilas Road via an overpass, and connect to the existing Crater Lake Highway near Corey Road.
The multimodal project also constructs sidewalks and transit-related enhancements on the existing Oregon 62 corridor.
Latest Project Video - Keeping traffic moving during Lone Pine Creek culvert replacement

To read more go to:

 Executive Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement


Project Graphics

 Latest Project Paper- May 2016

From the Final Environmental Impact Statement





For more information:


Gary Leaming

Public Information Specialist

Voice: (541) 774-6388