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OR 62: I-5 to Dutton Road (also known as "Oregon 62 Corridor Project")

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 Oregon 62 Expressway groundbreaking.jpg

Video of the May 12 Groundbreaking

Oregon 62 Expressway project underway
 
“I think this is the big ticket…we’re investing in our future.” — ODOT Director Matt Garrett at the project groundbreaking ceremony for the Oregon 62 Expressway project
 
Prime contractor Knife River Materials of Central Point heads the project, which is officially named the Oregon 62: I-5 to Dutton Road project. The two-year construction project is designed to build a 4.5-mile, four-lane, access-controlled expressway, to reduce congestion and improve safety within and throughout the region.
 
Because of the construction, the public is reminded the Medco Haul Road is closed due to the construction.
 
The project is a multimodal solution to increase capacity and improve safety along the corridor, a critical business connection for freight, tourism and commuters.
 
The expressway will connect from Poplar Drive in Medford to Corey Road, diverging from Crater Lake Highway (Oregon 62) to run north along the Old Medco Haul Road. The project’s second phase, scheduled to bid later this year, will extend from south of Vilas Road to Corey Road.
 
The two phases received $100 million from the 2009 Oregon Jobs and Transportation Act. ODOT expects to complete both phases by 2019.
 
Traffic moving, business accesses open
Knife River is required 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.
“We’re determined to keep traffic moving and business accesses open,” said ODOT Project Manager Tim Fletcher. “To the extent possible, the first phase work will be completed at night or behind solid barrier to limit traffic impacts.”
 
 

Congestion and safety

Airport-Expressway-map.jpgUnfortunately, the Crater Lake Highway (Oregon 62) exceeds capacity standards. Future growth is expected to significantly increase traffic volumes.

“Higher crash rates at corridor intersections, especially from I-5 to Delta Waters Road, are a safety concern,” said ODOT Public Information Officer Gary Leaming. “Oregon 62 and Delta Waters Road is the busiest intersection in the entire southwest Oregon region. The traffic counts are higher than those at I-5 north of Medford.”


The 4.5-mile expressway will start with three lanes of eastbound traffic at Poplar and Bullock Roads near Fred Meyer. Through traffic will turn left on a small directional interchange located across from Whittle Road. Traffic will then travel along a four-lane expressway on the east side of the Medford Airport, span over Vilas Road, and connect to the existing Crater Lake Highway near Corey Road. Traffic destined for commercial centers such as Costco, Lowe’s and Safeway will continue as is done today.

For westbound traffic, three lanes of traffic will extend through the Poplar-Bullock intersection to the north jug-handle to Biddle Road. That traffic from Biddle Road will change so that merging traffic will stop before it enters the westbound Oregon 62 lanes.

The most challenging segment during the first construction phase will be located where traffic already runs heavy, between Poplar Drive and Delta Waters Road. ODOT plans to take advantage of a wide section of its own right of way on the south side of the highway section.

The second phase of the Oregon 62 Corridor project, scheduled to bid in late 2016, will continue the roadway north; a corridor bridge will span Vilas Road and follow the Old Medco Haul Road before meeting Oregon 62 near Corey Road north of White City.


To read more go to:
http://www.odotmovingahead.com/

 

 
 

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

Gary.W.Leaming@odot.state.or.us