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OR 39: Merrill to California Border

Current News

The $2.9 million paving contract was awarded to Rocky Mountain Construction in February.  Some sidewalk repair in Merrill is planned for late March and April.  Paving is not expected to begin until mid-June.  All work should be completed by September.
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Project Components

  • Repave approximately 5.4 miles of OR Highway 39 between the north city limits of Merrill, Oregon to the California State Li
  • Install durable striping and centerline rumble strips on the highway segments outside of Merrill

Project Information Paper                                                        Project Vicinity Map

Why this project is needed

OR Highway 39 is an important part of the state’s transportation system and carries a significant amount of freight and tourist traffic between Klamath Falls and the Reno, NV area.  It is also an important highway for local traffic. The average daily traffic for this section of highway is approximately 4,300 vehicles.  Keeping roads like OR 39 in good condition and providing for safe travel are critical parts of the mission for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The pavement condition for this section of OR 39 is rated poor to very poor.  There is extensive cracking and rutting. The last time a major portion of this section of highway was paved was in 1993.  In recent years there has been extensive maintenance patching throughout the project area to preserve the surface until it could be repaved.

How ODOT plans to solve this problem

The 5.4 mile section of OR 39 between Merrill and the California State Line will be repaved.  Once paved, durable striping and centerline rumble strips will be installed on the highway segments outside of Merrill.  Crosswalks in Merrill will be restriped using continental markingsGuardrails and signs in the area will be upgraded as needed.

Project Timeline and Estimated Cost

Activity​ ​Timing
Final Plans    ​ fall 2013​
Bid Opening February2014
Construction Begins​ ​summer 2014
​Construction Complete ​fall 2014

Estimated Cost: $3.5 million

 Project Contacts

Office Phone
Email Addresses
Tom Feeley
Construction Project Mgr.
Butch Hansen
Area Manager
Rex Holloway
Community Liaison Rep.