Project's first phase bids Feb.11; construction planned for this spring
What’s the Latest?
ODOT crews are clearing the right of way
of trees and brush in preparation for construction this spring.
They are doing this to comply with
federal law to prevent birds from nesting in the vegetation this spring.
When does actual construction begin?
Bid opening is February
It takes some time to do
the paper work and various ODOT/Contractor meetings, but look for construction to begin later this spring. We’ll keep you updated.
When will they be in front of my
We will have a better
idea when the prime contractor submits a schedule once a contractor is
Congestion and safety
The Oregon 62 Expressway project is a multimodal solution that will increase capacity and improve safety along the corridor, a critical business connection for freight, tourism and commuters.
Unfortunately, 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 multimodal project adds sidewalks and transit-related enhancements on the existing Oregon 62 corridor. The project will also build a four-lane access-controlled expressway that provides faster travel and improved safety within and through the region.
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.
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From the Final Environmental Impact Statement
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