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First meeting will discuss project background, purpose
PHOENIX —The first Citizen Advisory Committee meeting for the Fern Valley Interchange Unit 2 Project is Wednesday, March 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the City of Phoenix Public Works building, 1000 South B Street.
The meeting is open to the public and time is provided for public comment.
Following the first stage of the Fern Valley Interchange project constructed last summer, the Oregon Department of Transportation is now developing a transportation solution to address the long-term traffic and development needs of the Interstate 5 interchange in Phoenix.
Studies show that traffic capacity near the interchange is growing at a substantial rate. Without further transportation improvements, queues of motorists would stretch nearly the length of Fern Valley Road between Oregon 99 and North Phoenix Road by 2022.
"We’re on an accelerated schedule to complete the environmental process for Unit 2 as soon as possible," said ODOT Project Leader Debbie Timms.
According to Timms, representatives for the project’s Citizen Advisory Committee and Project Development Team have been identified. Both of these teams will help develop the preferred alternative for the Unit 2 Project.
The goal of the Unit 2 Project is to (1) improve safety and operational conditions at the I-5 interchange with Fern Valley Road; and (2) improve safety and operational conditions on Fern Valley Road within the city of Phoenix urban growth boundary from Oregon 99 to North Phoenix Road.
The Unit 1 Project was completed late last year. The $2.45 million project moved Luman and North Phoenix roads away from the interchange ramps. Signals were added to the I-5 off-ramps, Pear Tree Lane became a cul-de-sac and the interchange area gained a sidewalk.
Citizen Advisory Committee
The Citizen Advisory Committee’s role is to advise the Project Development Team to ensure that the interests, issues and recommendations of the local community are considered in the process of forming a transportation solution.
Citizen Advisory Committee members will meet about more than a dozen times over the next year and a half.
Accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities. Alternate formats are available upon request. If a sign language interpreter is needed, please call ODOT Public Information Specialist Gary Leaming (541-774-6388) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.