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U.S. 199 at Josephine Co. Fairgrounds
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Project begins February 25, with signal removal scheduled night of March 4

Projected Cost

Projected Construction Schedule
February-May 2013

Copeland Construction of Grants Pass is the prime contractorfor this safety project which will remove the existing fairgrounds signal and improve the safety and congestion problems at the Fairgrounds Road intersection.The department will add sidewalks and extended lanes for left turns and u-turns at Ringuette Street.

Key Dates

  • This project will begin on Monday, February 25
  • The traffic signals on US 199 at the Fairgrounds are scheduled for removal Monday night, March 4.
  • By contract, all work is to be completed 90 days from start, or by May 25.

Key Features

  • Remove the signal and left turn lanes at the intersection of U.S. 199 and Fairgrounds Road. Maintain right turns at the intersection.
  • Remove the median pavement.
  • Construct sidewalks and consolidate driveways on the north side of Redwood Highway between Fairgrounds Road and Ringuette Street.
  • Add a left turn movement to the existing northbound Ringuette Street through lane, in effect making a dual left turn lane onto westbound Redwood Highway.
  • Extend the highway left turn lanes 200 feet at Ringuette Street for both east and west-bound traffic.
  • Widen the inside lane at Redwood Avenue and U.S. 199 to accommodate left-turn movements for all vehicle sizes (such as WB 67s, the largest interstate trucks).
  • Allow east-bound U-turns at Ringuette for all vehicle sizes (such as WB 67s, the largest interstate trucks).
  • Be prepared to accommodate possible Josephine County plans for site circulation improvements on county-owned frontage west of the main fairgrounds entrance.
  • Repave the highway to the east and west.

Construction Impacts
Remove the signal and add improvements to the local and state system. All of the work will be done within ODOT right of way, but there will be a need for some construction easements. Some night work may be needed given the large volume of traffic in the corridor.
Public Outreach
This project has been programmed for more than a decade, first as a stand alone safety project, and then incorporated into the U.S. 199 Expressway Project. The urban portion of that project was ultimately not supported by Grants Pass and Josephine County, but the problems associated with the signal remain: a higher crash rate compared to the neighboring signals and congestion. Agency management has met with the city council, county commissioners, the fair board and local legislators on the project. In September 2011, a working meeting was held with the local jurisdictions. At that time, a proposed pedestrian fence was removed from the design, and the county agreed to examine alternate egress from the Fairgrounds.

Project Fast Facts
Location – U.S.199 at Fairgrounds
Overall budget - $850,000
Construction start – February 25 - May 25, 2013

US 199 Fairgrounds Signal Technical Memo
For more information

Dennis Steers
Public Service Representative
Voice: (541) 621-7034


Public Information Specialist
Voice: (541) 774-6388