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Fern Valley Interchange
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The new Fern Valley interchange is partically opened in March 2016. The contractor continues to work on the permanent southbound on and northbound off ramps.
April Phoenix interchange update
Full spring has sprung on the Fern Valley interchange project. Here are a few items we’re working on and timelines. Construction is lining up well to have this project completed by the end of the contract date of September 30.
Northbound off and southbound on-ramps:  with the old overpass removed, work began quickly on grooming the new ramps. The southbound on-ramp is graded, rocked and paved.  Next week, the first of several concrete pours will begin.  Once that work is complete, and before it is open to traffic, there will be up to a five day closure of the southbound on-ramp to allow the contractor to make the final connections.  Southbound trucks will be detoured to exit 27 (south Medford interchange) and other traffic will be directed to the Talent interchange (exit 21) until that work is complete.
Look for the new southbound on-ramp to open in late May. The northbound off ramp is more complex as there will be a water quality detention pond between it and the northbound lanes of the interstate. That is scheduled to open later in July.
Striping – Yes, it’s fading and worn!  We’re receiving almost daily calls on what happened to the striping and when will it be fixed.  The striping painted in February was only temporary and designed to get the interchange open so other critical phases could begin, such as tearing down the old overpass. Late this afternoon, the contractor told us the striping subcontractor is planning to be here for permanent striping  the week of April 18, weather permitting.  Look for some adjustments to the roadway legends and stop bars.
Bear Creek Bridge- work continues on the last part of the Bear Creek Bridge, which is connected to the work on East Bolz Road approach. Look for the bridge to open later in May.
Oregon 99: work began this month on the west side of Oregon 99, which mirrors the work done earlier on the east side of the highway. Watch for this construction to continue through the next several months before the new signals arrive and paving begins on OR 99 later this summer.
If you didn’t catch today’s edition of Moving Ahead with ODOT in today’s Mail Tribune, Ashland Daily Tidings and Grants Pass Daily Courier, an on line version is available at http://www.odotmovingahead.com/
Of course, there is a large section devoted to the Fern Valley project.
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Drive It!


The new interchange bridge is being constructed just north of the existing bridge, leaving most roadways west of the interchange relatively untouched. The Diverging Diamond interchange design has a narrow footprint, which helps avoid touching most businesses during and after the project.


 Drive the partially completed interchange in 2 minutes 
Project Information

 Video of Luman Rd. intersection concrete pour, Feb. 6 & 7, 2016












Project Background

The $72 million Fern Valley Interchange project began in in the spring of 2014. Due to the projects size and complexity - it encompasses east and west Phoenix roadways, I-5 and Oregon 99 - the project requires more than two full construction seasons, finishing in September 2016. It also includes bike and pedestrian connections.

 Design File





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