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US 97: J Street Intersection (Madras South Y) Project
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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
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Why is this project needed?
Picture of the intersection of US 97 and J Street in Madras, Oregon, looking west. 
Intersection of US 97 and J Street in Madras, looking west.
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.   
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.

Project Timeline
The City and ODOT selected a preferred alignment in the fall of 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  
Summer/Fall 2014
Bid Opening late Fall 2014
Construction 2015

Public Involvement
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 2.8MB
January 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
Project Materials
Project Team
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. 

Name Title Phone Number Email Address
Jeff Hurd City Public Works Director   (541) 475-2622 jhurd@ci.madras.or.us
Wade Coatney 
Asst. Project Coordinator, ODOT (541) 388-6234
​Bill Martin ​Project Coordinator, ODOT
(541) 388-6329 william.f.martin@odot.state.or.us
​Gary Farnsworth ​Area Manager, ODOT (541) 388-6071 Gary.C.Farnsworth@odot.state.or.us
Rex Holloway Community Liaison, ODOT (541) 388-6178 rex.A.Holloway@odot.state.or.us