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US 97: J Street Intersection (Madras South Y) Project
 
   
 
Current News
Contract Bid Opening Scheduled for Fall 2014
ODOT and the City of Madras are completing final plans for the project in the next few months and the contract bid opening is scheduled for this fall.  Construction will begin late fall or early winter and be completed by the end of 2015.
 
A project open house is planned for September 25, 2014.  Details about the time and location will be sent out in early September.

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 (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  
Summer/Fall 2014
Bid Opening Fall 2014
Construction Fall/Winter 2014 through 2015

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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
Jeff Hurd City Public Works Director   (541) 475-2622
Mike Darling    Project Leader, ODOT (541) 388-6329
Rex Holloway Community Liaison, ODOT (541) 388-6178