“I think this is the big ticket…we’re investing in our future.” — ODOT Director Matt Garrett at the project groundbreaking ceremony for the Oregon 62 Expressway project
Prime contractor Knife River Materials of Central Point heads the project, which is officially named the Oregon 62: I-5 to Dutton Road project. The two-year construction project is designed to build a 4.5-mile, four-lane, access-controlled expressway, to reduce congestion and improve safety within and throughout the region.
Because of the construction, the public is reminded the Medco Haul Road is closed due to the construction.
The project is a multimodal solution to increase capacity and improve safety along the corridor, a critical business connection for freight, tourism and commuters.
The expressway will connect from Poplar Drive in Medford to Corey Road, diverging from Crater Lake Highway (Oregon 62) to run north along the Old Medco Haul Road. The project’s second phase, scheduled to bid later this year, will extend from south of Vilas Road to Corey Road.
The two phases received $100 million from the 2009 Oregon Jobs and Transportation Act. ODOT expects to complete both phases by 2019.