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South Medford Interchange
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are we with the project?
Construction is underway. The activity you may have seen in the interchange area this spring is utility work in preparation for the interchange construction project.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement was released in February 2004. The FEIS answers, by category, public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement released in September 2001. The Federal Highway Administration signed the Record of Decision on the environmental document, approving the project for federal funding, in June 2004. All of these documents can be found on this website.
What kind of traffic impacts will we see with the project?
Construction related impacts will be kept to a minimum. Because much of the work will be ‘off system,’ traffic will not be affected. Traffic on Interstate 5 will try to be kept at four lanes at all times, with the exception of the night time hours when traffic can be narrowed to a single lane without much impact. Barnett Road widening, as well as replacement of the Barnett Road Bear Creek Bridge will probably not commence until after the new interchange is operational.
Why is the Barnett Road Bridge over Bear Creek being removed? How will that impact traffic?
Engineers have found cracks in the 54 year-old structure. It will be replaced after the new interchange is finished. Traffic will be rerouted using the new interchange as a mean to get across the interstate. Alba Drive and its businesses will remain accessible and work will be fast-tracked to reopen Barnett as soon as possible.
Who should I call if I have any questions on the project?
Bill Boyett is ODOT’s Public Service Representative. He is a public liaison with ODOT construction and the contractor. His number is 774-6332. email: bill.b.boyett@odot.state.or.us.
You may also call Gary Leaming, Project Information Specialist at 774-6388. Email: Gary.W.Leaming@odot.state.or.us