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OR 39: 6th Street - Austin Ave. to OR 39/OR 140 Intersection (Y Junction)

Project Information

The Oregon Department of Transportation contracted with Rocky Mountain Construction to complete the following work:
  • Repave approximately 3.2 miles of 6th Street in Klamath Falls.
  • Install sidewalks where none exist and upgrade pedestrian crossings to meet current ADA standards.
  • Improve the communications network between traffic signals along 6th Street.

Work began in June 2013 and was completed in October 2013.

Vicinity Map                             Information Paper                 Mailer October 2011 
Why this project is needed
ODOT identified a number of maintenance and safety needs along the section of OR Highway 39 (6th Street) between Austin Avenue and the intersection of OR 39 and OR 140.  Originally planned as three separate projects, schedules were adjusted and funding sources were combined so that the work will be done under one contract.
A portion of this section of OR 39 was last paved in 1996 and the remainder in 1998.  The roadway is showing signs of fatigue and lateral cracking and moderate rutting.  ODOT maintenance crews in recent years have done some spot patching of the worst areas.  Sixth Street continues to have winter pavement damage that results in many pot holes.
Sidewalks and ramps
There are a number of places along this section of 6th Street that do not have sidewalks, and some of the ramps at intersections do not meet ADA standards.  This makes it difficult for people who are mobility impaired to access public transportation or businesses along 6th Street.
Traffic signals along 6th Street
There are 13 traffic signals in the project area. Each signal is programmed for a specific intersection.  The signal controllers are outdated, some detection loops in the roadway are not working and communication links are slow.  Because of this, the signals cannot communicate efficiently or adapt to traffic patterns, making the highway less efficient than it could be.

How ODOT plans to solve these problems
The pavement design calls for grinding out 2” or 5” of existing asphalt and replacing it with a high density asphalt wearing surface.  Those areas where the current pavement is in poor condition and has rutting will receive more grinding and replacement asphalt.  When the project is complete, the entire roadway will be new, including all traffic and center turn lanes.
Paving will be done at night to reduce impacts to businesses and motorists. 
Sidewalks and ramps
ODOT received about $570,000 dollars to address accessibility barriers along 6th Street.  The priority with this project is to construct sidewalks where no hard surfacing (asphalt or concrete) exists and to upgrade existing ADA ramps that do not meet current standards.  ODOT will continue to work with the accessibility advocates in Klamath Falls to identify additional barriers and develop a list of priorities when additional funding becomes available.
Traffic signals along 6th Street
The traffic signals will be linked using a high speed fiber optic cable.  ODOT was originally going to install new fiber optic cable along 6th Street but instead signed a long-term agreement with a local utility to use their lines resulting in significant savings.  New controllers will be installed and broken detection loops will be replaced.  This will result in better communication between signals making the overall system more efficient.

Project Timeline
 Final Plans  Fall 2012 
 Contract bid let   May 2013
 Construction begins  Summer 2013
 Construction completed   Fall 2013

Estimated Project Cost
$6 million

ODOT Contacts
Office Phone
Email Addresses
Mike Redd
Project Leader
Butch Hansen
Area Manager
Jenny Kneece
Right of Way Agent
Rex Holloway 
Community Liaison Rep.