Oregon 62 Expressway: project team works design details
is building for the official start of the $120 million Oregon 62
Expressway project, one of the largest transportation projects in
southern Oregon history.
According to ODOT Area Manager Art
Anderson, the project team is working on last-minute details for the
Coker Butte crossing redesign that involves work with the Federal
Aviation Administration and the Rogue Valley International-Medford
“The right of way process is always the critical path to
the project package,” said Anderson. “We anticipate getting this
project advertised for construction bidders later this year and
underway by late winter 2016.”
Utility relocations along the
Oregon 62 corridor have dominated much of the preparation work over the
past year. Most of that work was completed at night to reduce impacts to
traffic. Rogue Valley Sewer Service and other utility relocations are
currently taking place on airport property, signaling the first phase of
the construction project.
“Utility work is still a construction
zone with a definite work area where drivers need to pay attention,”
said Senior Inspector Shawn Daw.
Congestion and safety
The Oregon 62
Expressway project is a multimodal solution that will increase capacity
and improve safety along the corridor, a critical business connection
for freight, tourism and commuters.
the Crater Lake Highway (Oregon 62) exceeds capacity standards. Future
growth is expected to significantly increase traffic volumes.
crash rates at corridor intersections, especially from I-5 to Delta
Waters Road, are a safety concern,” said ODOT Public Information Officer
Gary Leaming. “Oregon 62 and Delta Waters Road is the busiest
intersection in the entire southwest Oregon region. The traffic counts
are higher than those at I-5 north of Medford.”
project adds sidewalks and transit-related enhancements on the existing
Oregon 62 corridor. The project will also build a four-lane
access-controlled expressway that provides faster travel and improved
safety within and through the region.
The 4.5-mile expressway
will start with three lanes of eastbound traffic at Poplar and Bullock
Roads near Fred Meyer. Through traffic will turn left on a small
directional interchange located across from Whittle Road. Traffic will
then travel along a four-lane expressway on the east side of the Medford
Airport, span over Vilas Road, and connect to the existing Crater Lake
Highway near Corey Road. Traffic destined for commercial centers such as
Costco, Lowe’s and Safeway will continue as is done today.
westbound traffic, three lanes of traffic will extend through the
Poplar-Bullock intersection to the north jug-handle to Biddle Road. That
traffic from Biddle Road will change so that merging traffic will stop
before it enters the westbound Oregon 62 lanes.
challenging segment during the first construction phase will be located
where traffic already runs heavy, between Poplar Drive and Delta Waters
Road. ODOT plans to take advantage of a wide section of its own right of
way on the south side of the highway section.
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