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Construction is here for the North Medford Interchange project!

It’s designed to improve the safety, congestion and air quality problems at the intersection of Highway 62 and Interstate 5.

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J.W. Fowler Construction of Dallas, Oregon is the prime contractor for this Oregon Department of Transportation project. Road construction on the eastside of Interstate 5 is scheduled to continue between now and October 2005.
Motorists who have been stuck on the interstate at exit 30 or caught in a traffic jam on Highway 62 will see needed improvements. The project will separate local and interstate traffic, providing for direct access from/to I-5 to Highway 62.
The project has already eliminated the Fred Meyer signal, making that access right in/right out. Construction efforts are in the process of constructing two ramps for easy access from Highway 62 and Biddle Road. Those ramps will eliminate Hilton Road between Bullock and Biddle. A concrete median will be placed on Highway 62 between Poplar and the interchange and also on Biddle Road.
"This will add safety and better meet driver expectations on Highway 62, an important freight corridor which currently has about 40 thousand vehicles a day," said Project Leader Frank Stevens.
The project began in 1997 with a project Solution Team and Citizens Advisory Committee, which sifted through the alternatives and voted on a selected alternative. Input was solicited and received from the public and neighboring businesses. Where feasible, and supported by engineering practices, suggestions were implemented.
In April 2001, the Environmental Assessment for the project was released. And in September, the Revised Environmental Assessment was released, which set the $36 million project on the track toward completion.

If you wish to receive weekly e-mail updates on the North Medford Interchange project, contact ODOT Public Information Specialist Bill Boyett at bill.b.boyett@odot.state.or.us.
"We're building a large distribution list of affected property owners, local freight haulers, emergency service personnel and the media," Boyett said. "Our goal is to make sure they stay informed of construction impacts at each stage of the project."