US 97: J Street Intersection (Madras South Y) Project
Open House Held November 6
A project open house was held November 6 from 4-6 pm at City Hall. Approximately 25-30 people attended. Materials from the open house can be found below. Thanks to everyone who attended.
Roadway Plans 3.1MB
Landscape Plans 3.1 MB
Before and After Landscape Posters 4.5MB
Plant Lists 2.8MB
Contract Bid Opening Scheduled for late Fall 2014
ODOT and the City of Madras are completing final plans for the project with the contract bid opening scheduled for December 2014. Construction will begin in early 2015 and be completed by the end of year.
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|Why is this project needed?|
Providing a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities is important to both the City of Madras and ODOT. U.S. 97 and J Street are critical part of the State’s and the City’s transportation system. U.S. 97 is classified as an “Urban Principal Arterial” through the town of Madras and carries a high volume of freight and tourist traffic between the Washington and California borders. Both U.S. 97 and J Street are important roadways for local traffic.
Intersection of US 97 and J Street in Madras, looking west.
J Street in the City of Madras intersects U.S. 97 at the southern end of the 4th/5th Street Couplet. Currently the section of J Street located between 4th and 5th Streets is only 50 feet in length, which creates an unsafe condition because it does not provide adequate room for vehicles waiting to cross the intersection or turn onto U.S. 97. Recently the City has constructed an extension of J Street to the east and northeast of the intersection with U.S. 97 and this street now functions as a major east-west route. An increase in traffic volumes along J Street and at the intersection with U.S. 97 is driving the need for the redesign of the intersections and eventually the installation of signals.
Through a Cooperative Improvement Agreement, the City of Madras and the ODOT have teamed up to prepare a design for the intersection of J Street and US 97 in Madras (aka the “South Y” Project). The design will be primarily based on the options adopted in the City of Madras Transportation System Plan Refinement Plans and Amendments. ODOT and City staff evaluated two options (A and B) identified in the Plan (ref. attachment, “Alternative Concepts of US97 Realignment Shown”). The final alignment results in further separation of the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 97 at J Street.
|The City and ODOT selected a preferred alignment (Option Modified B) in Fall 2008. The first phase of the overall master plan is planned for construction in 2015. The immediate next steps are to finalize the design, develop contract documents and advertise the contract. Below is the current schedule. |
|Acquire Right of Way
||To be completed in Summer 2014|
Develop Final Plans
||late Fall 2014|
Five public open houses have been held. Open house announcements and materials are found below:
November 6, 2014 Open House Materials Open House Flyer Roadway Plans
3.1MB Landscape Plans 3.1MB
Before and After Landscape Posters
4.5MB Plant Lists 2.8MBJanuary 24, 2013, Open House Flyer May 25, 2010, Open House Flyer October 28, 2008, Open House Flyer December 11, 2007, Open House Flyer December 11, 2007, Open House Summary
|The multi-disciplined Project Development Team was formed early in 2007 and meets on at least a monthly basis. The Team is made up of technical experts in Right-of-Way, Surveying, Planning, Traffic Engineering (including Access Management), Utility Engineering, Roadway Engineering, Engineering Geology, Environmental, Hazardous Materials, Construction, Public Affairs and a Landscape Architecture Firm. The City of Madras representative on the Team is the City's Public Works Director, Jeff Hurd. The Project Leader from ODOT is Mike Darling. |
||City Public Works Director
||Project Leader, ODOT
||Community Liaison, ODOT