Full spring has sprung on the
Fern Valley interchange project. Here are a few items we’re working on and
timelines. Construction is lining up well to have this project completed by the
end of the contract date of September 30.
Northbound off and
with the old overpass removed, work began quickly on grooming the new
ramps. The southbound on-ramp is graded, rocked and paved. Next week, the
first of several concrete pours will begin. Once that work is complete,
and before it is open to traffic, there will be up to a five day closure of the
southbound on-ramp to allow the contractor to make the final connections.
Southbound trucks will be detoured to exit 27 (south Medford interchange) and
other traffic will be directed to the Talent interchange (exit 21) until that
work is complete.
Look for the new southbound
on-ramp to open in late May. The northbound off ramp is more complex as there
will be a water quality detention pond between it and the northbound lanes of
the interstate. That is scheduled to open later in July.
Striping – Yes, it’s fading and worn! We’re
receiving almost daily calls on what happened to the striping and when will it
be fixed. The striping painted in February was only temporary and
designed to get the interchange open so other critical phases could begin, such
as tearing down the old overpass. Late this afternoon, the contractor told us
the striping subcontractor is planning to be here for permanent striping
the week of April 18, weather permitting. Look for some adjustments
to the roadway legends and stop bars.
Bear Creek Bridge- work continues on the last part of the
Bear Creek Bridge, which is connected to the work on East Bolz Road approach.
Look for the bridge to open later in May.
Oregon 99: work began this month on the west side of
Oregon 99, which mirrors the work done earlier on the east side of the highway.
Watch for this construction to continue through the next several months before
the new signals arrive and paving begins on OR 99 later this summer.
If you didn’t catch today’s
edition of Moving Ahead with ODOT in today’s Mail Tribune, Ashland Daily
Tidings and Grants Pass Daily Courier, an on line version is available at http://www.odotmovingahead.com/
Of course, there is a large
section devoted to the Fern Valley project.