The first major impact to traffic from
the Fern Valley interchange project begins Monday, April 21. Both the
northbound and southbound lanes will be narrowed to a single lane for 25 days.
The excavation is necessary to install
a 4 foot diameter storm water drainage pipe.
“Our technical team looked at all the
ways to make the pipe crossing without affecting I-5 traffic,” said ODOT
spokesman Gary Leaming. “However, because large boulders were used as road
base, they determined the best way to do it is with open trenching.”
That method will mean congestion and
delays for interstate traffic. So Rogue Valley motorists should be aware, plan
to leave earlier on their trips and consider taking OR 99, North Phoenix Road
Prime contractor Hamilton Construction
of Springfield is also excavating the new North Phoenix Road, east of the
interchange, as well as cutting the new temporary southbound ramps on the west
side of the interstate.
“The large off-road dump trucks are
going back and forth across North Phoenix Road, north of the Home Depot.
They’re cutting about 184,000 cubic yards of material from the east side of the
interstate. Of that amount, nearly 50,000 cubic yards are coming back as fill.
The construction project runs through
When complete, exit 24 will feature Oregon’s first Diverging
Diamond Interchange. It has a narrower footprint than a typical diamond
interchange, which saves on right of way costs and allows construction where
development is close to the interchange ramps. It also moves traffic safely and
ODOT also has a project office at the
Shoppes at Exit 24.
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