Watch for congestion and delays until Labor Day
ROSEBURG -- For the rest of August, construction will require lane closures throughout the OR138E Corridor Solutions project area, which extends from Diamond Lake Blvd. to the Interstate 5 Harvard interchange (Exit 124).
Motorist should expect frequent congestion and delays. ODOT recommends drivers use alternate routes and adjust their travel plans to avoid peak traffic hours. Due to congestion near Harvard Avenue, I-5 motorists are advised to use an alternate freeway interchange to reach Diamond Lake Blvd. and the downtown area.
Construction over the next few weeks will focus on building pedestrian islands at the Stephens-Diamond Lake Blvd. intersection, continuing work on the new Pine and Stephens Street alignment near Washington Avenue, and replacing rail on the Oak Avenue Bridge.
September construction: Several traffic control changes will likely take place after Labor Day as construction moves into the next phase. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Spruce Street: Watch for continued lane closures on Spruce Street, south of Oak Avenue, for the rest of August as the City of Roseburg continues work on a local street improvement project.
(Updated: August 18, 2016)
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:
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.
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.
Schedule 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
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.
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