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U.S. 97: Mora to Madras

Project Components

  • ​Repave 29 miles of U.S. 97 between Grass Valley (MP 27.1) and Shaniko (MP 56.7). 
  • Replace substandard highway signs between Moro and Madras.
  • Construct ADA compliant sidewalk ramps at two corners, and add truncated domes to other ramps in Grass Valley.

Project Information Paper                                        Vicinity Map 

Why is this project needed?

U.S. 97 is a critical part of the State’s transportation system and is a major north-south freight corridor that links California and Washington.   The average daily traffic is 1800 vehicles with a truck percentage of over 50 percent. Keeping the roads in good condition and providing a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity is a critical aspect of the mission for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
 
The existing roadway is raveling and coming apart.   The last time this section of highway was paved was in 1999.  The 2012 pavement rating for this section was poor. A chip seal was applied to this section of highway in 2005 to prolong the life of the roadway.  The local maintenance district has placed numerous extended asphalt patches over the past few years.

How does ODOT propose to solve these problems

ODOT plans to grind out the top  portion of the pavement and replace it with 3-4" of dense hot mix asphalt concrete over the full width of the roadway.  Centerline rumble strips and shoulder rumble strips, where the road width is sufficient, will be installed.
 
In Grass Valley, sidewalk ramps will be retrofitted with truncated domes for the visually impaired.  In addition, two sidewalk ramps on North Street will be reconstructed to meet ADA standards.
 
Highway signs between Moro and Madras will be upgraded, where necessary, to meet current standards.
 
Traffic control during construction
Paving will be done during daylight hours.  Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and a pilot car.  Motorists can expect delays up to 20 minutes.

Timeline and Estimated Project Cost

​Bid Let ​Spring 2015
​Construction ​Summer 2015

Approximately $12 million

Contacts

Name ​Title ​Office Phone ​Email
​Mike Darling ​Project Leader ​541-388-6329 Charlies.M.Darling@odot.state.or.us
​Gary Farnsworth ​Area Manager ​541-388-6071 Gary.C.Farnsworth@odot.state.or.us
​Rex Holloway ​Community Liaison ​541-388-6178 Rex.A.Holloway@odot.state.or.us