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Interstate 5 drops to single-lane traffic April 21


PHOENIX — ODOT traffic analysts predict two-mile traffic queues on Interstate 5 when open ditch excavation begins Monday, April 21 to install a 4-foot diameter storm water pipe beneath the highway. For a 25-day period, I-5 will be narrowed to a single lane in each direction, just north of exit 24. Speeds will be reduced to 50 mph.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to drive at off-peak hours, take RVTD transit, or use alternate routes, such as Oregon 99 or North Phoenix Road, to avoid congestion along I-5.

“Nearly 38,000 vehicles travel that section of I-5 between Medford and Phoenix,” said ODOT Project Manager Tim Fletcher, “and that’s about 7,000 fewer vehicles than what traffic analysts recorded between Medford’s north and south I-5 interchanges.

RVTD service
The Rogue Valley Transportation District provides 20-minute transit service on Oregon 99.

“It’s clean, affordable and a more convenient option during this phase of construction,” said RVTD Senior Planner Paige Townsend.

Visit www.rvtd.org for more detailed schedule information on all of RVTD’s seven routes or call 541-779-5821 to speak with a customer service agent. According to Townsend, RVTD provides a 20-ride punch card pass for $32, regular fare is $2. If you are looking to carpool, go online to the ODOT Drive Less Connect rideshare website, www.drivelessconnect.org.

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The $72 million Fern Valley Interchange project runs through September 2016. When complete, exit 24 will feature Oregon’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange with a narrower footprint that moves traffic safely and efficiently while saving right of way costs.

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