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US 97: J Street Intersection (Madras South Y) Project
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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/Spring 2016

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
   Landscape Plans
   Before and After Landscape Posters
   Plant Lists
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. The Team was 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 was the City's Public Works Director, Jeff Hurd.  The Project Leader from ODOT was Mike Darling. 


Name Title Phone Number Email Address
Wade Coatney  Asst. Project Coord., ODOT (541) 388-6234 wade.j.coatney@odot.state.or.us
​Jeff Hurd ​City Public Works Director ​(541) 475-2622 jhurd@ci.madras.or.us
​Gary Farnsworth ​Area Manager, ODOT (541) 388-6071 gary.c.farnsworth@odot.state.or.us
Abbey Driscoll Community Liaison, ODOT (541) 388-6064 abbey.driscoll@odot.state.or.us