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News Archive: OR 138E Corridor Solutions (Roseburg)

 

Archive: Project updates

 
Construction will focus on Washington, Oak Avenue in May

​(Updated: April 28, 2017) -- Contractors for ODOT will focus their efforts on Washington Avenue next week in an effort to complete all work on the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project by the end of June.

For the first two weeks of May, prime contractor Carter and Company will replace sidewalks along Washington Avenue in front of the Umpqua Business Center. This, along with other nearby work, will frequently limit traffic on Washington to a single lane between Stephens Street and Roseburg High School. Motorists should expect congestion during peak travel times.

The sidewalks on Washington and the north side of Harvard Avenue will reopened by May 15, according to the contractor’s schedule. Pedestrians are advised to look for construction signs and use alternate routes.

During the second half of May, contractors will focus their efforts on Oak Avenue.

New decorative pedestrian rail will be installed on the Oak Avenue Bridge. Further to the east, contractors will dig out sections of damaged roadway before paving Oak Avenue in late May or early June. The bridge and pavement work will require lane closures on Oak Avenue for about a month.

In June, contractors will resurface both the Oak and Washington Avenue Bridges.

Several other small items will be addressed the next two months, and motorists can expect intermittent lane closures and traffic congestion throughout the project area.
 
 
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Project construction returns on March 27

​(Updated: March 16, 2017) -- Contractors for ODOT will return to work on the Oregon 138E Corridor Solutions project the last week of March.

During spring break, March 27-31, prime contractor Carter and Company will focus on replacing the sidewalk along the south side of Harvard Avenue between the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp and Corey Court.

The right eastbound lane of Harvard will be closed throughout the week. Pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalk on the north side of Harvard.

Beginning the first week of April, contractors will begin construction on the new Harvard Avenue bus pullout and shelter at the west end of the Washington Avenue Bridge. This will require intermittent lane closures on the bridge.

The remainder of construction includes resurfacing the Oak and Washington Avenue Bridges, repairing sidewalks in various areas, adding decorative rail on the right side of the Oak Avenue Bridge, and paving Oak Avenue from the bridge to Stephens Street.

All work is scheduled to be completed by June 30. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures, congestion and delays on Harvard, Oak, Washington and other nearby streets for the next three months.
 
 
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Bridge monuments installed at entrance to Roseburg

​(Updated: January 5, 2017) --  Contractors installed two decorative monuments at the west end of the Washington and Oak Avenue bridges in Roseburg on Thursday morning, January 5, as part of the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project.

Since the monuments are designed to promote the local tourism industry and attract the attention of visitors, ODOT would like to share some background information about the new pillars.

Location: One monument is located near the bus shelter at the west end of the Washington Avenue Bridge. The other is located on the opposite side of Harvard, a few feet from the Oak Avenue Bridge rail. Each monument sits atop a barrel-shaped concrete pedestal.

Materials: The monuments are semi-cylindrical in shape. They are 16’0” high, 2’0” in diameter at the bottom and 3’3” at the top. Each monument weighs about 1,500 lbs. The monuments are made from galvanized steel, painted steel rods, and acrylic panels.

Features: The undulating rods that wrap around the columns are meant to evoke the movement of water along the South Umpqua River as well as the waterfalls along the North Umpqua River. A similar wave design will be incorporated on the new pedestrian rail that is installed on the Oak Avenue Bridge. Once electrical work is completed this spring, the monuments will be partly illuminated and visible at night.

Funding: The total cost is estimated at $107,000, including $102,000 for design and fabrication of both pillars. Each will cost approximately $2,500 to install. The City of Roseburg applied for and secured the Transportation Enhancement Funds to create the monuments, as well as other visual improvements such as the new street and pedestrian lights. Enhancement Funds are set aside to help improve the appearance of transportation facilities and can only be used for that purpose.

Design: The monuments were designed by Mayer/Reed, a Portland based design firm, and fabricated by Innovative Metal Design (IMD) of Troutdale. The design was approved by representatives of the City of Roseburg, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Downtown Roseburg Association.

Function: The monuments will enhance the visual landscape of the local community. They are intended to help local tourism by attracting the attention of visitors and drawing them into the downtown area. Their location was partly chosen so that the monuments would be visible from Interstate 5.

History: Art Deco bridge monuments were a common feature in the 1920s and 1930s but faded from popularity after World War II. Concrete monuments can still be seen on the Umpqua River Bridge in Reedsport and many other historic Oregon bridges. In recent years, many communities have requested decorative monuments or artwork for their bridges. In 2008, four concrete pylons were sculpted for the newly completed Hwy 38 bridge in Elkton, with each column displaying a different symbol of local pride.
 
 
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Road construction will continue a few more weeks

​(Updated: Dec. 2, 2016) --  Although prime contractor Carter and Company has made progress the last month on the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project, they will need a few more weeks to finish the current construction phase before shutting down for winter.

Construction the next two weeks will focus on completing sidewalks along Oak Avenue, continuing work on the Oak Avenue Bridge multiuse path, and adjusting manholes.

Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures the next few weeks. Flaggers will provide traffic control when the contractor is adjusting manholes at intersections.

Some additional work may continue into late December, such as cleaning up the project area and planting shrubs. Most of this work will take place off road and will not impact traffic.

Carter and Company will return to work in March to complete the final phase of construction, which involves paving Oak Avenue, resurfacing the Oak and Washington Avenue bridges, installing a traffic signal at the intersection of Harvard and Madrone, and replacing a few additional sidewalks.
 
 
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Most lanes open for Thanksgiving weekend

​(Updated: Nov. 18, 2016) --  Most travel lanes through the OR 138E Corridor Solutions work zone will be open during the Thanksgiving weekend as prime contractor Carter and Company prepares to shut down work for the winter.

The remaining work for this season includes completing the rail on the Oak Avenue Bridge, completing sidewalks along Oak and Harvard Avenue, installing new traffic signal heads on Stephens Street at Cass Avenue and Lane Avenue, adjusting manholes in several locations, landscaping and planting, and cleaning up debris throughout the work zone.

Motorists can expect lane closures and congestion from Monday to Wednesday, November 21-23, and again the following week. Carter and Company currently plans to wrap up work on Friday, December 2.

Pedestrians: The Oak Avenue Bridge will remain closed to pedestrians until December 2, and some sidewalks in the work zone will also remain closed the next two weeks. Pedestrians are advised to watch for construction signs and use alternate routes.

Turn lanes at Douglas: The northbound left turn lane from Stephens Street to Douglas Avenue was opened on Thursday, November 17. The northbound and southbound turn lanes may be closed intermittently over the next two weeks.

Parkside Apartments: The driveway on Oak Avenue that leads to the Parkside Apartments (633 SE Flint Street) will be closed for three days, either beginning on Monday, Nov. 21, or the following Monday, Nov. 28. Residents will be able to use the south end of the alley at Cass Street to reach their parking lot. The closure will allow workers to pour concrete for the new driveway access.

Next year: In March, Carter and Company will begin the final phase of construction. This includes resurfacing the Oak and Washington bridges, paving Oak Avenue, installing a new traffic signal at the corner of Harvard and Madrone Street, and replacing sidewalks in a few remaining areas.
 
 
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Some sidewalks leading to Veterans Day parade will be closed

​(Updated: Nov. 10, 2016) --  Pedestrians heading downtown for the Veterans Day parade on Friday morning, November 11, should watch for sidewalk closures in some areas of the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project area.

The Oak Avenue Bridge remains closed to pedestrians. Those walking to the downtown parade area from west Roseburg should use the sidewalk on the north side of Harvard Avenue, cross the Washington Avenue Bridge and continue east on Washington.

Elsewhere, most travel lanes throughout the work zone will be open for the holiday. Sidewalks in other areas may be closed. Pedestrians should look for construction signs and use alternate routes.

Between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Friday, motorists can expect intermittent 20 minute delays on Stephens Street as workers place a 127-foot sign bridge over all four travel lanes between the old Safeway parking lot and Rite Aid.

Construction on the project continues Monday, November 14, as workers race to get as much work completed as possible prior to the Thanksgiving Day weekend, when most lanes and sidewalks are scheduled to be open. Motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures and delays the next two weeks.
 
 
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Road work scheduled for first three weeks of November

​(Updated: Oct. 28, 2016) --  For the first three weeks of November, Roseburg motorists should watch for continued lane closures throughout the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project area.

Rain has delayed some work, such as striping the recently paved areas of Stephens and Pine Streets. Striping needs to be completed before the new turn lanes from Stephens onto Douglas Avenue can be opened.

Other work is ongoing. Prime Contractor Carter and Company is currently replacing sidewalks on Harvard and Oak Avenue, replacing rail on the Oak Avenue Bridge, installing streetlights and overhead signs, and performing other work around the project area.

The new traffic signal at the corner of Oak and Pine is expected to be turned on the second week of November. Later in the month, workers will replace the traffic signal heads on Stephens Street at Lane and Cass Avenue. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed.

Based on the current schedule, ODOT and Carter and Company are planning to complete this phase of work prior to Thanksgiving.

Several final items will be scheduled next spring. This includes resurfacing the Oak and Washington bridges, paving Oak Avenue, installing a new traffic signal at the corner of Harvard and Madrone Street, and replacing sidewalks in a few remaining areas.
 
 
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Watch for flaggers at three Roseburg intersections

​(Updated: Oct. 17, 2016) -- Roseburg motorists should expect congestion and delays along the Oregon 138 corridor this week as workers prepare to turn on new traffic signals at three intersections.

Starting at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, motorists should watch for flaggers at the intersections of Stephens Street and Oak Avenue, Pine Street and Oak Avenue, and Stephens Street and Diamond Lake Blvd.

All traffic signals are scheduled to be in operation by 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 20.

Later in the week, prime contractor Carter and Company will stripe the new pavement on Stephens, Pine and Washington Avenue, weather permitting. Some lane closures will be necessary.

Meanwhile, watch for lane closures on Harvard Avenue and Oak Avenue due to sidewalk and bridge rail work.
 
 
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UTrans bus stop on Harvard moved for sidewalk work

​(Updated: Oct. 7, 2016) -- The UTrans bus stop located in front of the Travelodge on Harvard Avenue has been temporarily moved about 300 feet west due to sidewalk work.

The eastbound Harvard Avenue bus stop will be located near the Corey Court intersection, in front of the Holiday Inn Express, until the new sidewalks are completed in front of the Travelodge in mid-October.

The westbound bus stop will remain in the same location at the west end of the Washington Avenue Bridge.

During this construction phase, prime contractor Carter and Company will replace the sidewalk along eastbound Harvard between Corey Court and the Oak Avenue Bridge. Pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalk on the north side of Harvard.

The Harvard Avenue crosswalk at Madrone Street is closed until the sidewalk work is complete. Pedestrians can cross Harvard at the Roseburg High School intersection.

Motorists on Harvard should watch for lane closures and congestion at peak travel times.

Meanwhile, Carter and Company will be working on several other tasks this month. Some are weather dependent and may continue into November.

Oak Avenue Bridge: The bridge will be limited to a single lane until November as workers replace bridge rail and construct two pedestrian outlook areas. The sidewalks on the bridge are closed and pedestrians are advised to use the Washington Avenue Bridge.

Oak Avenue: Workers will replace the sidewalks along the right side of Oak Avenue in two areas, between the bridge and Parrott Street and between the railroad tracks and Stephens Street. Watch for lane closures. Pedestrians should look for construction signs and use alternate routes.

Traffic signals: Electricians are currently preparing three signals to be turned on in late October: Stephens at Diamond Lake Blvd., Stephens at Oak, and Pine at Oak. Motorists should watch for lane closures and intermittent flagging.

Washington Avenue: New sidewalks will soon be constructed along Washington Avenue between Pine Street and the railroad tracks. Watch for intermittent lane closures.

Signs and striping: Several road signs will be installed throughout the work zone in the coming weeks. Striping will be applied to Stephens, Pine and Washington when road conditions are dry enough. Some lane closures will be necessary.
 
 
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Highway 138 road work will continue into next year
Despite added work, construction is currently under budget

​(Updated: Sept. 27, 2016) -- When workers finish paving Stephens Street and Washington Avenue this week, the biggest construction impacts for the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project will be behind us. But some work will continue into next year.

Most construction on the east side of the South Umpqua River will be completed prior to the end of October. The focus of the remaining work will be on Oak Avenue and Harvard Avenue.

From now until mid-November, prime contractor Carter and Company will replace rail on the Oak Avenue Bridge and construct sidewalks along Oak Avenue. Next spring, workers will install a traffic signal at the intersection of Harvard and Madrone, resurface the Washington and Oak Avenue Bridges, replace sidewalks in various locations and pave Harvard and Oak.

Traffic impacts through the fall will include intermittent lane closures and delays on Harvard and Oak.

Original plan: The goal of the project is to help improve safety and the flow of traffic between Diamond Lake Blvd. and the Interstate 5 Harvard interchange. The project reconfigures four intersections, adds several turn lanes, replaces sidewalks and constructs a multiuse path, replaces traffic signals, and repaves the entire project area. Other features are described at the project website, www.roseburg138.com.

Construction began in August 2015 and was originally scheduled to be completed at the end of this month.

Added work: Over the past year, several work items have been added to the project, including new sidewalks, replacement of the Harvard-Madrone traffic signal, replacement of storm sewer pipes on Stephens, and a complete rebuild of a 500-foot section of Douglas Avenue and Spruce Street.

1959 Blast debris: Another challenge for ODOT and prime contractor Carter and Company was the preservation and cataloging of archaeological discoveries, including historic brick-lined wells and foundations from the early 1900s, and material from the 1959 Blast. Due to the potential for looting, ODOT did not announce details of these discoveries at the time workers were excavating the roadway.

Under budget: Despite the added work and other challenges, the project is expected to be completed within the original budget authorization of $12,492,445.54. This figure includes roughly $600,000 for anticipated items and contingencies, which will be used to pay for the previously mentioned work items that have been added to the contract.

With the bulk of construction already completed, $8,005,288.35 has been spent on this project as of Sept. 23. That leaves $4,487,157.19 available within the original budget to complete the project.

City contribution: The City of Roseburg is contributing up to $1.723 million to this project, or roughly 13.6 percent of the total project cost. Their contribution covers the cost of several work items, including the construction of the new Stephens Street turn lanes at Douglas Avenue, the realignment of the Spruce-Oak intersection, storm sewer upgrades, and road rebuilding on Douglas and Spruce.

The City’s contribution also funds several beautification features, including the fish motifs on the Oak Avenue Bridge, decorative streetlights and bridge rail, and a pair of decorative monuments that will be installed at the west end of the Oak and Washington Avenue Bridges this winter.
 
 
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Nighttime paving may cause 20-minute delays in Roseburg

​(Updated: Sept. 21, 2016) -- Nighttime traffic will be delayed up to 20 minutes near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Stephens Street the last week of September due to paving work.

Paving will start Friday evening, Sept. 23, and continue most nights until Friday, Sept. 30. Motorists can expect delays between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. each night.

Construction will involve paving the top layer of asphalt along the two-block section of Stephens and Pine between Douglas and Oak Avenue, as well as Washington Avenue from the Stephens intersection to the South Umpqua River.

Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed each night while paving operations are underway.

Most side streets will be open. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.

New signal: The traffic signal at the Stephens-Washington intersection is scheduled to be turned on Thursday night, Sept. 22.

Turn lanes: The new left turn lanes from Stephens Street onto Douglas Avenue will be opened in early October, as soon as permanent striping is placed on Stephens.

Bridge work: The Oak Avenue Bridge is reduced to a single lane until November due to rail replacement work. The sidewalk of the bridge is closed and pedestrians are advised to use the Washington Avenue Bridge.
 
 
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Expect long delays until end of September

​(Updated: Sept. 16, 2016) -- Motorists should expect heavy congestion and frequent delays at the Stephens-Washington intersection until the end of September.

Contractors for ODOT are currently scheduled to pave Washington Avenue and the two-block section of Stephens and Pine Street between Douglas and Oak Avenue the final week of September.

During the week of Sept. 18-24, prime contractor Carter and Company will focus on preparing the area for paving. This includes constructing sidewalks along Pine Street, rebuilding the right northbound lane of Stephens in front of the Rodeway Inn, and completing electrical work for new traffic signals.

For the next week, flaggers will provide traffic control at the intersection of Stephens and Washington. The right turn lane from Stephens onto Washington is closed, though motorists can turn right from the remaining open lane.

Most delays will be less than 20 minutes. Some longer delays may occur due to train traffic or work zone crashes.

Drivers are advised to take alternate routes. Most side streets are open. Motorists traveling between Diamond Lake Boulevard and Interstate 5 can avoid the work zone by using the Garden Valley (Exit 125) or Edenbower (Exit 127) interchanges.

Elsewhere in the project area, motorists should expect intermittent lane closures. The Oak Avenue Bridge is limited to a single lane as workers replace the rail on the right side of the bridge.

Spruce and Parrott: The City of Roseburg will be rebuilding Spruce Street and Parrott Street south of Oak Avenue until later this fall. Watch for intermittent lane closures.
 
 
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Pine Street closed this weekend (Sept. 9-11)

​(Updated: Sept. 7, 2016) -- The one-block section of Pine Street between Washington Avenue and Oak Avenue will be closed from Friday night to Sunday morning, Sept. 9-11, as workers prepare to move traffic onto a new alignment.

During the closure, Pine Street traffic will detour around the block, taking Washington Avenue, Spruce Street and Oak Avenue back to Pine.

The closure, which is scheduled to begin after 7 p.m. on Friday, will allow workers to connect the new Pine Street alignment with the Oak Avenue intersection. When Pine Street is reopened Sunday morning, traffic will be shifted onto the new alignment.

On Pine Street, new traffic signals will soon be turned on at the Washington and Oak intersections. Flaggers will provide traffic control during the transition.

Meanwhile, motorists should continue to expect intermittent lane closures, congestion and delays throughout the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project area. ODOT advises motorists to use alternate routes.
 
 
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Road construction will continue after Labor Day break

​(Updated: Sept. 1, 2016) -- Workers will be off the road Labor Day weekend, but construction on the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project will return Tuesday morning, creating congestion and traffic delays for the rest of September.

Most lanes within the work zone, which extends from Diamond Lake Blvd. to the Interstate 5 Harvard interchange, will be open from Friday afternoon to Monday night, Sept. 2-5.

Starting early Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, the Oak Avenue Bridge will be reduced to a single lane as workers begin replacing the rail on the right side of the bridge.

On Tuesday evening, workers will begin four nights of paving on Stephens Street and Diamond Lake Blvd. between Douglas Avenue and the Winchester/Jackson Street intersection. The paving work will be scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. and will require lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers.

Throughout the week, Stephens Street and Pine Street will be limited to a single lane in each direction between Douglas Avenue and Oak Avenue. Washington Avenue will be limited to a single lane between Rose Street and the railroad tracks. Elsewhere, motorists should expect intermittent lane closures.

Most side roads will be open. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes and adjust their travel times to avoid congestion and delays.

Several new traffic signals will be turned on the next few weeks. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed during the transition.

New Pine Street: Workers are tentatively scheduled to move traffic onto the new Pine Street alignment between Washington and Oak Avenue on Sept. 11, the Sunday after Labor Day. ODOT will provide more information about the traffic switch as it becomes available.
 
 
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Watch for congestion and delays until Labor Day

​(Updated: August 18, 2016) -- 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.
 
 
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Road construction returns on Monday, August 15

​(Updated: August 12, 2016) -- After a four-day lull in activity for the Douglas County Fair, construction on the OR138E Corridor Solutions project resumes on Monday, August 15.

For the rest of August and September, construction will require lane closures throughout the work 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.

Most of the construction that will impact traffic is scheduled to be completed by the end of September. Some additional work may continue into the fall.

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.
 
 
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Watch for bumper-to-bumper traffic on Tuesday, August 9

​(Updated: August 4, 2016) -- Motorists should expect heavy traffic congestion and delays on Stephens Street between Douglas and Oak Avenue on Tuesday, August 9, due to paving work.

Although paving is limited to a two-block section of Stephens, traffic will likely be impacted throughout the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project area, which extends from Diamond Lake Boulevard to Harvard Avenue.

ODOT recommends that drivers use alternate routes and adjust their travel times.

Flaggers will begin providing traffic control in some areas of the work zone on Monday, August 8.

During the Douglas County Fair (Wednesday-Saturday, August 10-13) most travel lanes will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Some lane closures may occur at night.

Construction will resume Monday morning, August 15. Motorists can expect lane closures, congestion and delays throughout the work zone for most of August and September.

Spruce Street: Watch for continued lane closures on Spruce Street, south of Oak Avenue, for the next three weeks as the City of Roseburg continues work on a local street improvement project.
 
 
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Work begins on Diamond Lake Blvd. pedestrian islands

​(Updated: July 22, 2016) -- Motorists should watch for lane closures at the intersection of Stephens Street and Diamond Lake Boulevard the next two weeks as workers make improvements to the existing pedestrian islands.

Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed at the intersection.

The crosswalk at Diamond Lake Boulevard is one of the longest in Douglas County, requiring pedestrians to cross four travel lanes, a turn lane and two islands. The improved islands will include six-inch concrete curbs and signal buttons to help improve safety for pedestrians.

Meanwhile, motorists should expect continued lane closures throughout the project area the next two weeks. Stephens Street and Pine Street will both be limited to a single lane near Washington Avenue.

Congestion and traffic delays are likely during peak travel times. Motorists should consider alternate routes, adjusting their travel times or using a smartphone app to check travel conditions.

Use both lanes: In the two-lane areas of Harvard and northbound Stephens, motorists frequently move into the right lane and leave the left lane empty prior to a lane closure. Unfortunately, this causes traffic to back up twice as far in the right lane, blocking side streets and freeway ramps. Motorists are encouraged to use both lanes and take turns merging where the two lanes are reduced to one. This will help traffic move more quickly and safely through the work zone.

Fair week: Roseburg motorists will get a break from road work during the Douglas County Fair. Most lanes throughout the work zone will be open to traffic from August 10-13. Construction and lane closures will resume the following Monday.

Spruce Street: Motorists should expect lane closures on Spruce Street (south of the Oak Avenue intersection) as the City of Roseburg continues work on their Spruce and Parrott Street improvement project. The City is currently rebuilding the roadway and constructing sidewalks along Spruce.

Bike path: The bike path that runs along Interstate 5 between Harvard Avenue and Kendall Street (near the Douglas County Fairgrounds) will be closed the week of July 25-29 for paving.

 
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Road work returns to Roseburg on Monday, July 11

​(Updated: July 8, 2016) -- After a one week lull in construction for Graffiti Weekend, Roseburg motorists should expect to see lane closures, congestion and delays return Monday morning, July 11. These traffic impacts will continue until late summer.

Most construction activity will take place along the Oregon 138 corridor, between Diamond Lake Blvd. and the Interstate 5 Harvard interchange (Exit 124). This includes Stephen Street, Oak Avenue, Washington Avenue, Harvard Avenue, Douglas Avenue, and Spruce Street.

Starting late Sunday night, the Oak Avenue Bridge will be reduced to a single lane for the rest of July and most of August.

The one block section of Douglas Avenue between Rose Street and Stephens Street will be closed around the clock from Tuesday until Friday, July 12-15. Motorists should take alternate routes.

A lane of Washington Avenue will be closed between Rose Street and the railroad tracks.

Elsewhere, motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures throughout the work zone.

Due to the potential for congestion and delays, motorists are advised to use alternate routes, adjust their travel times or use a smartphone app to check traffic conditions before driving downtown.

City of Roseburg project: Motorists should also watch for lane closures on Spruce Street, south of Oak Avenue, the next two months due to a City street improvement project.

 
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ODOT off road for Independence Day, Graffiti Weekend

​(Updated: June 30, 2016) -- Motorists will find it easier to get around Roseburg next week.

From Friday afternoon, July 1, to Sunday evening, July 10, most lanes through ODOT’s Roseburg project area will be open for Independence Day and Graffiti Weekend traffic.

There are a few exceptions. Motorists can expect work zone lane closures on Tuesday, July 5, the day before Graffiti begins. Also, there will be intermittent lane closures on the mornings of July 6-8. Some turn lanes will not be open.

Several traffic control changes will be in effect the week of July 11-15, when construction resumes:

• The one block section of Douglas Avenue between Rose Street and Stephens Street will be intermittently closed. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

• Flaggers will provide around-the-clock traffic control at the intersection of Douglas Avenue and Stephens Street.

• Washington Avenue will be limited to a single lane between Rose Street and the railroad tracks.

Starting the morning of July 11, the Oak Avenue Bridge will be reduced to a single lane until late summer.

Spruce Street: Throughout July, the City of Roseburg will continue construction on its Spruce Street project, south of Oak Avenue. Watch for lane closures and use alternate routes.

 
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Turn lane closure may impact Roseburg traffic until July 1

​(Updated: June 15, 2016) -- The northbound left-turn lane from Stephens Street onto Washington Avenue will be closed for approximately two weeks, starting Monday, June 20. The lane closure will allow workers to demolish the sidewalk on the west side of Stephens to make room for an additional turn lane.

The turn lane closure could have a ripple effect, leading to increased congestion and delays on northbound Stephens, eastbound Harvard Avenue and Oak Avenue. Traffic will be limited to a single lane on Oak and Stephens.

Motorists traveling in and out of downtown Roseburg are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes. Several smartphone apps are available that can provide real-time information about traffic delays.

Elsewhere in the work zone, motorists should watch for lane closures and construction signs.

Most lanes will be open during the Independence Day weekend and Graffiti Weekend.

New project on Spruce: The City of Roseburg will begin construction next week on a four-month project that will make several improvements to Spruce Street and Parrott Street. Motorists should watch for construction equipment and flaggers on Spruce Street.

 
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Oak Avenue closed at railroad tracks weekend of June 11-12

​(Updated: June 10, 2016) --Oak Avenue will be closed this weekend at the railroad tracks as workers make several upgrades to the rail crossing. The closure will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 10, and will continue until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 13.

Eastbound traffic will detour onto Spruce Street and Douglas Avenue to reach Stephens Street. Flaggers will provide traffic control around the clock at the intersection of Spruce Street and Washington Avenue. Motorists should watch for detour signs.
 
While the detour is in place, the section of Spruce and Douglas between Oak and Stephens will be limited to one-way traffic. To reach destinations on Spruce and Douglas, Stephens motorists are advised to turn west on Washington Avenue to reach Spruce.

Throughout the weekend, the one-block section of Douglas Avenue between Stephens and Rose Street will be closed. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Large trucks and recreational vehicles traveling between Interstate 5 and Diamond Lake Boulevard are advised to use the Edenbower interchange (Exit 127) and Stephens Street.

Before and after the weekend road closure, motorists should watch for lane closures on Oak Avenue, Washington Avenue, Douglas Avenue and Stephens Street.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes and give themselves extra travel time due to congestion and delays throughout the work zone. Several smartphone apps are available that can provide real-time information about traffic delays.

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Douglas Avenue closed at railroad tracks after Memorial Day
 
​(Updated: May 25, 2016) -- The 200-foot section of Douglas Avenue between the railroad tracks and Stephens Street will be closed from Tuesday, May 31, to Friday, June 3, due to road work near the rail crossing.

Motorists will be able to reach businesses and residences on the west side of the crossing by using Spruce Street. On the east side, customers will be able to use Rite Aid’s access on Washington Avenue and Oregon Tool’s access on Stephens Street.

In other project news:

Spruce Street open: The one-block section of Spruce Street between Washington and Oak is now open to traffic. Watch for intermittent single-lane closures due to sidewalk work and other construction.

Memorial Day: No construction is planned during the holiday weekend. Although most travel lanes will be open for Memorial Day, motorists should watch for shoulder and sidewalk closures.

Lane closures: After Memorial Day, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the work zone. Traffic congestion and delays are likely. Motorists should give themselves extra time to reach their destinations or consider alternate routes.

Bridge work: The Oak Avenue Bridge is limited to a single lane as workers replace the rail on both sides of the bridge. The temporary concrete barrier will be moved aside to allow two lanes of travel during the Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends, and during Graffiti Weekend (July 6-10). Otherwise, the bridge will be limited to a single lane until September.

Delays on Harvard and Oak: Over the past few weeks, traffic has frequently backed up on Oak Avenue between the I-5 Harvard Avenue interchange and the downtown area. Road congestion and delays are likely to increase as summer approaches. I-5 motorists heading to the downtown area are advised to consider alternate routes.

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Washington Avenue closed at railroad tracks May 21-22

(Updated: May 17, 2016) -- Washington Avenue will be closed this weekend between Pine Street and Spruce Street as workers make several upgrades to the railroad crossing. The closure will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 20, and will continue until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 23.

During the closure, westbound traffic will detour onto Douglas Avenue and Spruce Street to reach the Washington Avenue Bridge. Flaggers will provide traffic control around the clock at the Douglas-Stephens intersection. Motorists should watch for detour signs.

Throughout the week of May 23-27, Washington Avenue may be limited to a single lane intermittently at the railroad tracks. Motorists should expect congestion and delays.

Access will be available to all local businesses during the rail crossing closure. Motorists traveling to Rite-Aid should use their access on Douglas Avenue. Customers heading to AutoBrite, the detail shop located in the old Horizon Honda building, can use their access near the corner of Pine Street and Oak Avenue.

A similar rail crossing closure will be scheduled for Oak Avenue in June.

Delays on Harvard and Oak: In recent weeks, traffic congestion has increased on eastbound Harvard Avenue and Oak Avenue, between the Interstate 5 Harvard interchange (Exit 124) and the downtown area.  Delays are expected to grow worse as summer approaches and more people travel by car.

Motorists are advised to give themselves extra travel time and consider alternate routes. Due to congestion near the Harvard interchange, Interstate 5 motorists should consider using a different exit to reach the downtown area. Several smartphone apps are available that can provide motorists with real-time traffic information
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Douglas Avenue closed at railroad tracks May 14-16

(Updated: May 12, 2016) -- The 200-foot section of Douglas Avenue between the railroad tracks and Stephens Street will be closed this weekend as workers make several upgrades to the rail crossing. The closure will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, and continue until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 16.

Throughout the weekend, access to local businesses will be available. Motorists can reach Oregon Tool through their Stephens Street access, and customers traveling to Rite Aid can use their access on Washington Avenue.

After the rail crossing is re-opened on Monday morning, motorists should expect intermittent lane closures and delays throughout the week. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

The rail crossing upgrades will involve installing new concrete panels, constructing ADA-compliant sidewalks on each side of the road, improving drainage and paving the approaches.

Pine-Douglas intersection: On the west side of the rail crossing, Pine Street residents should expect intermittent delays of 20 minutes at the Douglas intersection from Saturday, May 14, to Friday, May 20, as workers rebuild the approaches to the crossing.

Other rail crossings: Similar weekend construction will take place at the Washington Avenue and Oak Avenue rail crossings over the next month. ODOT will provide more information as it becomes available.

Work zone lane closures: Motorists should watch for continued lane closures on Stephens Street and Oak Avenue due to ongoing road construction.

Sidewalks: Some sidewalk closures are in effect and pedestrians should watch for construction signs.

Traffic delays: Motorists should expect congestion and delays throughout the work zone until the project is completed this fall. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and give themselves extra time to reach their destinations.

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Expect work zone congestion, delays in Roseburg

(Updated: May 10, 2016) -- Roseburg motorists traveling between Interstate 5 and Diamond Lake Boulevard should expect increased traffic congestion and delays as summer approaches and road construction continues.

Over the past few days, traffic has been heaviest on Harvard Avenue and Oak Avenue, which links the I-5 Harvard interchange with downtown Roseburg. Traffic in this area is currently reduced to a single lane because of road construction.

Traffic volumes usually increase throughout the spring and summer as weather improves.

To help ease congestion, ODOT advises motorists to give themselves extra travel time and use alternate routes when heading downtown. Some I-5 motorists may be able to reach the downtown area more quickly by using a different interchange.

Several smartphone apps are available that provide real-time traffic information. These apps can help motorists determine when it might save time to use a different route. Some of the more popular apps are Waze, INRIX and Google Maps.

Construction on the OR138E Corridor Solutions project is scheduled to be completed this fall, and much of the remaining work will take place on Stephens Street, Harvard Avenue and Oak Avenue.
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Spruce Street between Washington and Oak will close for one month

(Updated: April 8, 2016) -- Starting Monday morning, April 11, the one-block section of Spruce Street between Washington and Oak Avenues will be closed to through traffic for one month. During the closure, workers will realign the north half of the Oak-Spruce intersection.

Access to all local businesses will be maintained during construction. Motorists will be able to use the Washington-Spruce intersection to reach AAMCO (515 Spruce Street) or Umpqua Low Cost Veterinary Services  (520 Spruce Street).

The south leg of Spruce Street, between Diamond Dan’s and Suburban Propane, will remain closed until next week as workers continue to build sidewalks on the south side of Oak Avenue. Parrott Street will be closed intermittently at Oak starting the week of April 18.

Oak Avenue will be limited to a single lane of traffic between the river and the railroad tracks for the next month.

The section of Spruce and Douglas between Washington Avenue and Stephens Street was paved on Wednesday, April 6. Motorists should watch for intermittent shoulder and lane closures next week as workers continue building sidewalks.

At the Douglas-Stephens intersection, motorists should watch for nighttime delays up to 20 minutes due to traffic signal work.

Elsewhere in the work zone, motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures.

Several sidewalks throughout the work zone are closed and under construction. Pedestrians should look for sidewalk detour signs and consider alternate routes.

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Sidewalk construction planned at RHS entrance during spring break

(Updated: March 17, 2016) -- Westbound Harvard Ave. motorists should watch for intermittent lane and shoulder closures the week of March 20-26 as workers replace the sidewalk corners at the entrance to Roseburg High School.

Throughout the week, the adjacent Harvard crosswalk will be temporarily closed. Pedestrians wishing to cross Harvard are advised to use the crosswalks at Bellows Street or Madrone Street.

The sidewalk work at the RHS entrance is scheduled to be completed before school resumes on Monday, March 28.

Elsewhere in the OR 138E Corridor Solutions work zone:

Oak: Watch for lane closures on Oak Avenue for the next month as workers replace sidewalks and drains on the south side of the road. Spruce Street and Parrott Street will be closed intermittently the next three weeks. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Stephens: Watch for lane closures on Stephens between Oak Avenue and Douglas Avenue.

Stephens-Douglas intersection: Over the next few weeks, workers will be installing new traffic signal poles at the intersection of Stephens and Douglas. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed. Traffic may be delayed as much as 20 minutes at night.

Douglas and Spruce: Sidewalk work continues at the corner of Douglas Avenue and Spruce Street. The road surface will likely be paved in early April. Due to possible delays, motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
 
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Parrott, Spruce streets closed intermittently at Oak Avenue

(Updated: March 10, 2016) -- Parrott Street and Spruce Street will be closed intermittently at Oak Avenue the next several weeks as workers replace nearby sidewalks and storm drains. Motorists should watch for lane closures and congestion on Oak Avenue.

ODOT will not close Parrott and Spruce at the same time. Workers have begun construction at Parrott Street, which will be closed most weekdays until late March, when construction moves one block east to Spruce Street.

Local motorists are advised to use alternate routes and watch for construction and road closure signs.

Access will be maintained to the three local businesses along this area of Oak Avenue: Diamond Dan’s, Parkside Flowers, and Salon de Cheveux. Motorists should look for blue cones and “Business Access” signs that identify open driveways.

Elsewhere in the work zone, motorists should watch for lane closures on Stephens Street and Washington Avenue.

Due to ongoing construction, the corner of Spruce Street and Douglas Avenue is limited to local traffic. Motorists should expect delays up to 20 minutes.
 
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Douglas, Spruce limited to a single lane until late March

(Updated: Feb. 4, 2016) --  Starting the week of Feb. 8, a 500-foot section of Douglas Avenue and Spruce Street will be limited to a single lane as construction moves to the west side of the railroad tracks. The lane closures will be in effect until late March.

Motorists traveling around the corner of Douglas and Spruce, between the railroad tracks and Washington Avenue, should watch for flaggers around the clock and expect delays up to 20 minutes.

For the past month, a short segment of Douglas between Stephens Street and the railroad tracks has been closed due to roadway reconstruction and sidewalk replacement. Prime contractor Carter and Company plans to pave this area and open it to traffic as early as Monday, February 8, weather permitting. The following day, the contractor is expected to begin reconstructing Douglas Avenue west of the tracks, one lane at a time.

During the upcoming construction phase, one lane of Douglas and Spruce will be open to local motorists traveling to the Umpqua Business Center, Roseburg Visitor Center, Dr. Roman’s Orthodontics office, the Lane House and nearby residences. Due to potential delays, all other motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Meanwhile, motorists should watch for continued lane closures on Stephens Street and Oak Avenue.

Open access: Southbound Stephens motorists waiting on a red traffic signal at Douglas Avenue are requested to leave a gap so northbound drivers can turn into the Oregon Tool parking lot.
 
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Douglas Ave. closed four nights between Rose and Stephens

(Updated: Jan. 21, 2016) --  Douglas Avenue is scheduled to be closed between Stephens Street and Rose Street on four consecutive nights, starting Monday. Jan. 25. The closures will extend from approximately 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The nighttime road closures will allow workers to replace a storm drain through the Stephens-Douglas intersection. Flaggers will provide 24-hour traffic control at the intersection throughout the week, starting Monday night.

ODOT is coordinating with the City of Roseburg to ensure that emergency service vehicles are given priority through the work zone. All other motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

The area of Douglas between Stephens Street and the railroad tracks will remain closed throughout the week.

Elsewhere in the work zone, motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures, congestion and brief delays.

Oak Avenue: The lane closure on the Oak Avenue Bridge will likely remain in place for the next three weeks as workers replace sidewalks and underground pipes near the east end of the bridge.

Open for business: Access to all local businesses will be maintained during construction. Motorists traveling to Oregon Tool can use their access on Stephens Street, which is marked with blue “business access” cones. Likewise, motorists traveling to Rite Aid can use their access on Washington Street.

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Roseburg road construction enters new phase on Jan. 4

(Updated: Dec. 29, 2015) --  Roseburg motorists should expect increased congestion and delays on SE Stephens St. as road construction enters a new phase next week.

In addition to ongoing lane closures on Stephens St., the following traffic control changes will take effect as early as Monday morning, Jan. 4:

• At the intersection of Stephens St. and Douglas Ave., flaggers will provide traffic control as workers replace the storm pipe through the intersection.

• A short section of Douglas Ave., between Stephens St. and the railroad tracks will be closed for approximately one month while workers rebuild the roadway. ODOT advises motorists to use alternate routes. 
  
• Stephens between Douglas and Washington will be reduced to a single lane in each direction for at least a month. This will allow workers to replace the storm pipe down the center of Stephens and begin widening the roadway to make room for the northbound left turn lane at the Stephens-Douglas intersection.

• The left lane of Oak Ave. between the bridge and Spruce St. will be closed for sidewalk work. The other two lanes will remain open.

Congestion and delays are common when traffic control changes are made. Motorists are advised to avoid the project area during peak travel hours, use alternate routes or give themselves extra travel time.

Elsewhere in the project area, motorists should anticipate intermittent lane closures. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed.

Sidewalk closures: Due to construction at the Stephens-Douglas intersection, several sidewalks will be closed. Pedestrians are advised to look for detour signs and use alternate routes.

Open for business: ODOT would like to remind the Roseburg community that Rite Aid and Oregon Tool are open for business. While the short section of Douglas Ave. is closed between Stephens and the railroad tracks, motorists can use Oregon Tool’s access on Stephens and Rite Aid’s access on Washington.
 
 
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Rain postpones Stephens Street paving

(Updated: Dec. 17, 2015) --  Ongoing rain has forced ODOT to postpone paving Stephens St. until next week.

The paving work had originally been scheduled for today (Thursday, Dec. 17), but ODOT and prime contractor Carter and Company have decided to wait until Monday, Dec. 21, to determine the best day for paving.

Traffic on Stephens will remain limited to one lane in each direction between Diamond Lake Blvd. and Douglas Ave. until paving and striping is complete. Motorists should continue to expect congestion and delays through the work zone.

Meanwhile, flaggers will provide traffic control at the intersection of Stephens and Douglas the next two weeks (Dec. 21-24 and Dec. 28-31) as workers install a storm pipe down the center of Stephens.

No work is planned for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Construction will enter a new phase on Monday, Jan. 4. ODOT will provide more information as it becomes available.
 
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Stephens paving scheduled for next week

(Updated: Dec. 10, 2015) -- Prime contractor Carter & Company plans to pave the southbound lanes of Stephens St. between Diamond Lake Blvd. and Douglas Ave. in Roseburg next week (Dec. 14-18), weather permitting.

This week’s rain has slowed the pace of work. The current forecast from the National Weather Service suggests the rain may ease up early next week, allowing the contractor to pour new sidewalks along the west side of Stephens on Monday and pave the southbound travel lanes on Thursday.

The one-block section of Stephens between Diamond Lake Blvd. and Douglas Ave. will remain limited to one lane of travel in each direction at least until Monday, Dec. 21.

ODOT will provide more information to the public as it becomes available.

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Stephens traffic scheduled to switch lanes Monday, Nov. 16

(Updated: Nov. 12, 2015) -- Roseburg motorists should watch for traffic control changes on Stephens St. between Diamond Lake Blvd. and Douglas Ave. starting Monday, Nov. 16.

This section of Stephens will remain limited to one lane in each direction. But on Monday morning, all traffic is scheduled to be switched to the newly paved lanes on the east side of Stephens. This will allow the contractor to rebuild the west (southbound) side of Stephens to make room for a new left-turn lane at Douglas.

New sidewalks on the northbound side of Stephens between Douglas and Diamond Lake Blvd. are scheduled to be open by Monday morning; the sidewalks on the southbound side of Stephens will then be closed.

The contractor will likely begin moving cones sometime between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Monday. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed. Congestion and delays are expected throughout the morning. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes or give themselves extra travel time to reach their destinations.

These traffic control and pedestrian changes will remain in effect until mid-December.

Oregon Tool and Douglas CARES: ODOT will maintain access to both Oregon Tool and Douglas CARES, though it may be difficult for northbound Stephens motorists to turn left across southbound traffic into their accesses. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Oregon Tool’s access on Douglas Ave. will remain open at all times and may be the easiest way to reach their parking lot. Visitors are advised to use southbound Stephens to reach the Douglas CARES parking lot.

Blue cones will be used to identify business accesses that are open.

Holiday traffic: The lane closures on Stephens will remain in effect Thanksgiving week. Holiday travelers should expect congestion and possible delays through the work zone.
 
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​Watch for 24-hour flagging at Stephens-Douglas intersection Nov. 9-13

(Updated: Nov. 4, 2015) -- Roseburg motorists should watch for flaggers around the clock at the intersection of Stephens St. and Douglas Ave. next week.

Flagging operations are expected to start Monday morning, Nov. 9, and will continue throughout the week. Motorists should expect congestion and delays through the work zone and are advised to use alternate routes or give themselves extra travel time.

The contractor is currently scheduled to pave the northbound lanes of Stephens between Douglas Ave. and Diamond Lake Blvd. after Veterans Day.

Additional traffic control changes will take place the week of Nov. 16-20. Information about these changes will be released as it becomes available.

Looking ahead: Since early October, the contractor has been working on the northbound lanes of Stephens, making room for a new left-turn lane onto Douglas. After the northbound lanes in this section have been paved, the contractor will switch sides and begin working on the southbound lanes, next to Oregon Tool and Douglas CARES. This phase will continue from mid-November to mid-December.
 
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Flagging will continue Oct. 5 at Stephens-Douglas intersection

(Updated: Oct. 2, 2015) -- Motorists should watch for flaggers at the intersection of Stephens St. and Douglas Ave. on Monday morning, Oct. 5.

A traffic signal is currently in use at the Stephens-Douglas intersection and will remain in operation through this weekend. Paving work will require the use of flaggers, starting as early as 5 a.m. on Monday and continuing for about 24 hours.

Motorists should expect congestion and delays. ODOT advises motorists to use alternate routes and give themselves extra travel time to reach their destinations.

Traffic on Stephens between Douglas Ave. and Diamond Lake Blvd. will remain in the current configuration, with one lane in each direction, for several more weeks.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, after workers have paved the center of the street, northbound Stephens traffic will be shifted into the center lane and the right northbound lane will be closed. This will allow workers to replace the east sidewalk and widen the road between Douglas and Diamond Lake Blvd., making room for new turn lanes from Stephens onto Douglas.

Workers are also scheduled to build pedestrian islands at the intersection of Stephens and Diamond Lake Blvd. in October and November.

Drilling work: Elsewhere, motorists should watch for intermittent flagging at night as workers move heavy equipment. The contractor is drilling foundations for large overhead directional signs in several locations. One recent drill shaft was located near the Paul O'Brien Winery on Oak Street. Additional drill shafts will be located at the old Safeway parking lot, next to Oregon Tool, next to Rite-Aid, and on the vacant lot at the northwest corner of Diamond Lake Blvd. and Winchester Street.
 
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Flagging begins Tuesday morning at Stephens-Douglas intersection

(Updated: Sept. 28, 2015) -- Flaggers will begin controlling traffic at the intersection of Stephens St. and Douglas Ave. in Roseburg at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, according to the contractor’s current schedule.

The flaggers will be in place around the clock until Thursday or Friday.

Roseburg motorists should expect additional congestion and delays in this area due to the flagging operations. ODOT advises motorists to take alternate routes or give themselves extra travel time to reach their destinations.

Prime contractor Carter and Company is currently installing a storm pipe the center of Stephens between Diamond Lake Blvd. and Douglas Ave.

The flagging operations will allow the contractor to keep traffic moving through the work zone while they reconstruct and pave the center lanes of Stephens near the Douglas intersection.
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Watch for flaggers at Stephens-Douglas intersection next two weeks

(Updated: Sept. 18, 2015) -- Roseburg motorists should watch for flaggers on Stephens St. at the Douglas Ave. intersection the next two weeks.

Flagging operations may begin as early as Tuesday, Sept. 22, and will continue around the clock for several days. This will allow the contractor to install the last segment of storm pipe leading up to the intersection and rebuild the road surface.

Additional congestion and delays should be expected while the flaggers are directing traffic. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes or give themselves extra travel time to reach their destinations.

Stephens St. will remain in its current configuration, with one lane open in each direction between Douglas Ave. and Diamond Lake Blvd., through most of October.

Open for business: The storm pipe work currently prevents northbound Stephens motorists from turning left to reach accesses and driveways on the other side of the street. ODOT would like to remind the Roseburg community that Oregon Tool and Douglas C.A.R.E.S. are open and in operation during road construction, and both can be reached from the southbound lane of Stephens. Please look for the blue cones that identify business accesses.

Sidewalk closures: Elsewhere in the work zone, the contractor will be drilling and building foundations for new road signs. Watch for shoulder and sidewalk closures.

Looking ahead: In early October, when the storm pipe work has been completed, northbound Stephens traffic will be shifted into the middle lane and the right lane will be closed between Douglas and Diamond Lake Blvd. This will allow workers to widen the east side of Stephens and make room for new turn lanes at the Douglas intersection. Also in October, the contractor will likely begin installing pedestrian islands at the Stephens-Diamond Lake Blvd. intersection.
 
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Roseburg road work enters new phase after Labor Day

(Updated: Sept. 3, 2015) -- Stephens Street will be limited to one lane in each direction between Douglas Ave. and Diamond Lake Blvd. for several weeks starting Tuesday, Sept. 8. Roseburg motorists should expect congestion and delays through the work zone at peak traffic times.

Construction on this phase will continue for several weeks.

Motorists should also expect lane closures on Diamond Lake Blvd. between Winchester Street and Stephens.

The lane closures, which will be in effect around the clock and on weekends, will allow ODOT and prime contractor Carter and Company to install a storm drain down the center of Stephens, widen the roadway and install new sidewalks on each side of the road. Construction is scheduled for both day and night.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes and give themselves extra time to reach their destination.

Pedestrians should watch for sidewalk closures.

Streetlights turned off: As part of construction, existing streetlights will be replaced. This project does not include temporary illumination, and the relocated lights will be connected to a new electrical system that has not been completed. Therefore, there may be a lag time of several months between the time a streetlight has been turned off and the replacements are turned on.

Most of the streetlights near the Deer Creek Bridge on Stephens have been disconnected. The streetlights along Stephens near Oregon Tool and the Public Safety Center will be turned off within the next few weeks. We hope to have the new lights operational by late fall or early winter.
 
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Expect intermittent lane closures the week before Labor Day

(Updated: August 28, 2015) -- Roseburg motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures on Stephens Street near the Diamond Lake Blvd. intersection next week (August 31-Sept. 4) due to ongoing road work.

Over the past few days, prime contractor Carter & Company has been making repairs to the northbound lanes of the Deer Creek Bridge on Stephens. The contractor tentatively plans to pave the bridge early next week, weather permitting.

The current traffic configuration, which has one lane open in each direction on Stephens at the bridge, will likely continue until Monday or Tuesday of next week.

For the rest of the week, motorists should watch for intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on Stephens. This will allow the contractor to continue sidewalk replacement and drainage work. ODOT will also be adjusting the traffic signals at the Diamond Lake Blvd. intersection to operate more efficiently during construction.

Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed throughout the week.

Some delays may be unavoidable. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and give themselves extra travel time.

Some sidewalks are closed along Stephens near the Diamond Lake Blvd. intersection. Pedestrian detour signs are in place.

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Watch for flaggers on Stephens Street in Roseburg next week

(Updated: August 21, 2015) -- Roseburg motorists should expect traffic congestion and delays on Stephens Street next week (August 24-28) as construction continues on the Deer Creek Bridge.

Flaggers will provide traffic control on Stephens at the Diamond Lake Blvd. intersection during daylight hours most of the week.

Prime contractor Carter & Company is expected to begin work Sunday night around 7 p.m. to repair the asphalt in the left-turn lane just south of the Deer Creek Bridge.

Most other work is scheduled for daytime hours.

On Monday, the contractor is tentatively scheduled to pave both southbound lanes of the bridge. Once that paving has been completed, either on Monday or Tuesday, all Stephens Street traffic will be moved onto the southbound lanes of the bridge, allowing the contractor to close the two northbound lanes and grind the rest of the bridge deck.

Throughout the week, traffic on Stephens will be limited to one lane in each direction at the Deer Creek Bridge.

Watch for congestion and delays at peak travel times. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes and give themselves extra travel time.

Why flaggers? The right-turn lane from Diamond Lake Blvd. onto northbound Stephens Street will remain open during this construction phase. The main reason we will be using flaggers next week is to ensure that Diamond Lake Blvd. motorists can safely turn right at this intersection while we are working on the adjacent lanes of Stephens.

Friday construction: Although the contractor will typically be working Monday-Thursday shifts, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., there could be some construction on Friday, August 28.

Blue cones: We have placed blue cones on Stephens Street in front of CarQuest and Dairy Queen to indicate that these business accesses are open.

Sidewalks: Starting on Monday or Tuesday, when the contractor begins working on the northbound lanes of the Deer Creek Bridge, the sidewalks on the east side of Stephens will be closed. Pedestrians should look for detour signage.

 
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Construction begins on ODOT project in Roseburg
 
(Updated: August 17, 2015) -- Construction has started on the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project. Stephens Street is currently limited on one lane northbound at the Diamond Lake Boulevard intersection, and one southbound lane is expected to be closed later this morning.
 
Traffic will remain in this configuration on Stephens, with one lane open in each direction, until at least next week.
 
Heavy congestion and traffic delays are expected at peak travel times. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
 
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Downtown Roseburg construction postponed until next week
 
(Updated: August 11, 2015) -- Construction on the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project will be postponed until Monday, August 17. All travel lanes and sidewalks will remain open this week.
 
Construction had been scheduled to start tomorrow, but prime contractor Carter and Company decided to wait until after this weekend’s Umpqua River Run to begin work.
 
Based on the revised schedule, Stephens Street will be limited to one lane in each direction at the Deer Creek Bridge, near Dairy Queen, starting Monday morning.
 
The lane closures will allow the contractor to remove the asphalt from the deck of the bridge and repair the concrete underneath. Depending on how much concrete repair is required, the lane closures may continue for several weeks.
 
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Lane closures on Stephens, Diamond Lake Blvd. start next week
 
(Updated: August 6, 2015) -- Motorists should expect congestion and traffic delays on Stephens Street and Diamond Lake Blvd. the next few weeks as prime contractor Carter & Company begins construction on the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project.
 
Starting Wednesday, August 12, Stephens Street will be limited to one lane in each direction north of the Diamond Lake Blvd. intersection, near Dairy Queen, due to repair work on the Deer Creek Bridge. These lane restrictions will be in place 24/7 for about a month.
 
During the same time period, intermittent lane closures will be in place on Diamond Lake Blvd. between Winchester Street and Stephens.
 
The lane closures are expected to cause traffic congestion and delays.
 
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes during peak traffic hours and to give themselves extra travel time to reach their destination.
 
During the month of August, the contractor will be repairing the deck of the Deer Creek Bridge, preparing it for paving and replacing nearby sidewalks.
 
Winchester Street: Due to the construction on Stephens, many drivers may choose to bypass the work zone and take Winchester Street. As a result, motorists should expect heavy congestion on Winchester Street during peak hours. Other side streets may also see an increase in traffic.
 
Will it get better? Delays are generally worse during the first few days of a new construction phase. As motorists establish new routines, adjusting their travel times and taking alternate routes, congestion usually eases up.
 
Sidewalk closures: Starting in August, some sidewalks and crosswalks will be closed. Please look for pedestrian detour signs.
 
Work hours: In general, the contractor will work a four-day, 10-hour schedule (Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.). However, some nighttime and weekend work will be scheduled from time to time.

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ODOT construction begins August 10 in downtown Roseburg
 
(Updated: July 27, 2015) -- Construction on the OR138E Corridor Solutions project is scheduled to begin August 10 in downtown Roseburg.
 
According to the current staging plan (map), prime contractor Carter & Company will begin work at the northeast part of the project area, near the Deer Creek Bridge on Stephens Street, and gradually continue south and west, working on a couple blocks at a time. Construction is scheduled for completion in September 2016.
 
During the week of August 3-7, motorists should watch for intermittent lane and shoulder closures throughout the project area as the contractor installs construction signs and performs other preliminary work.
 
Starting August 10, watch for intermittent shoulder and lane closures on Stephens Street.
 
To avoid congestion and delays, motorists are advised to give themselves extra travel time and use alternate routes.
 
More information about traffic and pedestrian impacts will be provided as it becomes available.


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Expect utility work, lane closures in downtown Roseburg

(Updated: July 13, 2015) -- Motorists in downtown Roseburg should expect intermittent lane closures the next few weeks due to utility work in preparation for ODOT’s upcoming OR138E Corridor Solutions project.

No date has been set for start of work on the ODOT project. ODOT and prime contractor Carter and Company are having ongoing discussions about the project’s staging plans and construction schedule. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Contractor named for ODOT’s downtown Roseburg project

(Updated: June 25, 2015) -- Carter & Company of Salem has been awarded the contract for the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project in downtown Roseburg. The amount of the winning bid was $10,488,881.20.

In addition to other projects, Carter & Company recently constructed a new bridge on U.S. 199 (Redwood Highway) over the Applegate River, about seven miles west of Grants Pass. Their website is available at www.carterandcompanyinc.com.

ODOT will meet with Carter & Company within the next few weeks to coordinate work on the downtown Roseburg project. Construction is expected to begin in mid-July, after Graffiti Weekend, and will continue until fall 2016.

Additional information about the project schedule and staging will be released as it becomes available.

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Online Open House

(Updated: April 13, 2015) -- Construction on the OR 138E Corridor Solutions project begins in downtown Roseburg this July. Find out how construction will affect you at the project’s Online Open House.

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