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Fern Valley Interchange
Project Overview
Looking Ahead to the Second Stage
The first stage of the Fern Valley Interchange project is complete. Now, the Oregon Department of Transportation is developing a transportation solution to address the long-term traffic and development needs of the Interstate 5 interchange in Phoenix. It serves as the main link between the I-5 corridor and the city of Phoenix.
In addition, Bear Creek Bridge needs to be replaced.
To provide information about the Environmental Assessment process, ODOT hosted the first open house in March.  In addition, the project's Citizens Advisory Committee meets every first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Public Works Building, 1000 South B Street. The public is invited to attend.
"We’re going to explain to the public what will occur over the next 18 months," said ODOT Project Leader Debbie Timms. "We’re on an accelerated schedule to complete the EA as soon as possible."
According to Timms, a project Solutions Team and Community Advisory Committee are already on board. Both groups of local stakeholders will help develop the preferred alternative for stage two. The groups began meeting in March.
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.
Crews completed stage one 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.
"Without further work, the traffic congestion improvements realized from the first stage would degrade significantly within 10 years," Timms said.
According to Timms, the goal is to improve safety and operational conditions at the I-5 interchange with Fern Valley Road, and to improve safety and operational conditions on Fern Valley Road within the city of Phoenix urban growth boundary from Oregon 99 to North Phoenix Road.