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OR 138E Corridor Solutions (Roseburg)

Project News

Oak Avenue paving begins May 30 
ROSEBURG -- Motorists should expect heavy congestion and delays between the Interstate 5 Harvard interchange (Exit 124) and downtown Roseburg next week.

Starting Tuesday morning, May 30, Oak Avenue will be reduced to a single lane as contractors pave from the bridge to Stephens Street. Paving is scheduled at night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., but lane closures will be in effect around the clock.

Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed. Motorists traveling from I-5 and Harvard Avenue to downtown Roseburg are advised to use alternate routes.

The paving work should be completed by the end of the week.

Elsewhere in the project area, motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures.

Traffic signal: Contractors are completing work on the new signal at the intersection of Madrone Street and Harvard Avenue. The signal will likely be turned on the week of Memorial Day.

Bridge rail: Motorists should expect lane closures on the Oak Avenue Bridge until late June as workers replace the outer pedestrian rail. Pedestrians are advised to use the Washington Avenue Bridge until the work is completed.

Bridge decks: One of the last items to be completed will be resurfacing the decks of the Oak and Washington Avenue Bridges. This work will be take place the middle of June.

Completion: Prime contractor Carter and Company is scheduled to complete all work by June 28
(Updated: May 26, 2017)
For past updates, visit our Project News archive.

Driving through the work zone

We can steer you in the right direction
More than 20,000 vehicles travel through downtown Roseburg each day. When there’s that much traffic, any kind of road work is likely to result in congestion and delays.
Some of the worst delays happen when there’s a traffic control change and we close lanes in a new area. It usually takes drivers a few days to establish new routines and find a faster way to get through or around the work zone.
Here are a few things you can do to give yourself a better chance of reaching your destination on time:
  • Take alternate routes. Sometimes this will mean taking a side road around the block. At other times, it may mean bypassing the entire work zone.
  • Give yourself extra travel time. We will do everything we can to keep traffic moving, but we can’t promise you won’t experience delays from time to time. Leaving home early will give you a better cushion if you get slowed down in traffic.
  • Stay informed. We want to make it easy for drivers to plan ahead and make good choices. We will do everything we can to let you know ahead of time when we have a traffic control change. See the Stay Informed section below to find out how you can receive updates.
  • Use a smartphone app. For real-time information, many drivers have found Waze, INRIX and Google Maps to be helpful. These apps and others can tell you where traffic has slowed to a crawl, allowing you to plan a different route.
As a rule of thumb, most roads will remain at least partly open throughout construction. There will be daytime lane closures, resulting in congestion. There will also be some nighttime road closures that require detours. These will be announced in advance.
During construction, you will always be able to get to wherever you want to go, but it may take a little longer than usual.

Project Overview

This multimodal project will promote economic development, safety and community livability in downtown Roseburg by improving the flow of traffic along the Oregon 138E corridor and adding features that benefit tourists, bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled.

• Location: Downtown Roseburg
Construction budget: $10.5 million
• Prime contractor: Carter & Company (Salem, Oregon)
• Construction schedule: July 2015 to September 2016


What is the problem? The OR 138E corridor is one of the main routes in and out of Roseburg, and it experiences frequent congestion in the downtown area. Freight movement is impacted by tight turning radii. A high number of crashes occur along the corridor. Existing gaps in bicycle and pedestrian facilities make alternate modes of travel difficult and unsafe.

Solution: In addition to helping freight and vehicle traffic move efficiently from Interstate 5 through the downtown area, this project will improve safety within the project limits, add capacity to encourage growth, and improve bike/ped facilities by adding features for alternate modes of travel. The main project elements include:

  • Realigning two blocks of Pine Street and consolidating the north end of the downtown couplet, where Pine and Stephens meet Washington, into a single intersection;
  • Realigning Spruce Street at the Oak Avenue intersection;
  • Improving the turning radius at the Pine and Stephens intersections with Douglas, Washington and Oak;
  • Constructing new or additional left turn lanes at several locations;
  • Upgrading traffic signals and adding directional signs throughout the project limits;
  • Improving the bike/ped network, adding streetlights, repairing or replacing sidewalks;
  • Installing a multiuse path across the Oak Avenue Bridge and making other bridge improvements;
  • Repairing drainage, fixing potholes and repaving the entire corridor.

image2_138E.jpgSchedule and staging: Construction will begin in July 2015 and continue until fall 2016. Road work is expected to begin at the east end of the project area, near Diamond Lake Blvd., and gradually move west toward I-5.

Traffic impacts: At most times, all streets will remain at least partially open. There will be a handful of nighttime detours that will be announced well in advance. At other times, motorists should expect lane closures, congestion and delays. Motorists are advised to consider alternate routes. Pedestrians can expect sidewalk closures.

Open for business: Road construction can be hard on a community, especially local business owners. ODOT and the City of Roseburg want to remind everyone that the downtown area will be open for business during construction. Please support your neighbors and your local downtown merchants.

City of Roseburg

During the first few months of construction on the OR138E Corridor Solutions project, the City of Roseburg will be working on another project just a few blocks away. Find out more about this project on the City’s website.


OR 138E Corridor Solutions Project Materials


Stay Informed

The best way to avoid traffic delays is to find out what’s going on and plan ahead. We understand there are a lot of ways people get information and stay connected. Here are a few options for getting the latest project news, construction updates and traffic information.
  • Email updates: ODOT will provide project updates once or twice a month during construction, unless more frequent messages are necessary. These messages will include information about the progress of construction and upcoming traffic impacts. To receive these updates, please visit our Subscriber Preferences page
  • Project website: We will be updating information from time to time on the project website, www.roseburg138.com.
  • TripCheck: Learn about road conditions in Roseburg and throughout Oregon by visiting www.tripcheck.com or dialing 511.
  • Social media: You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook @OregonDOT. Note: these are statewide services and will include information about construction and road conditions throughout Oregon.
  • Local news media: We will be sending news releases and weekly updates to the Roseburg media. Just pick up a paper, go to your favorite news website, or turn on the TV or radio.
  • Smartphone apps: Although ODOT doesn’t endorse any product, several apps provide real-time traffic information. Two of the more popular are Inrix and Waze. Check the reviews online to see if these apps are for you. And when you’re driving, please keep your eyes on the road.
  • Give us a call: Sometimes the easiest way to get an answer is to pick up the phone. Please call 541-957-3601 or 541-957-3500.


For More Information:

Dan Latham image3_138e.jpg
ODOT Public Affairs
3500 NW Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 957-3601
E-mail: Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us