Commuters, shoppers and other travelers on Crater Lake Highway
(Oregon 62) from Interstate 5 to Delta Waters Road are trekking through an
active work zone for the $120 million Oregon 62 Expressway project.
In May, prime contractor
Knife River Materials of Central Point began construction on the project’s
The two-year multimodal solution, which underwent more than a
decade of planning, will increase capacity and improve safety along the Crater
Lake Highway corridor, a critical business connection for freight, tourism and
Mobility is Critical
Project plans require Knife River and its subcontractors to keep two lanes of
Oregon 62 open in each direction from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday
and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
From now through mid-September, the project calls for three
traffic switches during the replacement of the Lone Pine Creek box culvert
located in front of Lava Lanes.
“The traffic switches are to ensure people can keep moving
smoothly in the corridor while the box culvert is constructed,” said Project
Manager Tim Fletcher.
A temporary access change to Delta Center behind Starbucks will
also occur during the culvert replacement work. Traffic will still be allowed
to enter but will need to exit at either Delta Waters Road or Excel Drive.
Other construction work that’s complete is a temporary multi-use
path located on ODOT-owned property south of the existing sidewalk. The multi-use
path will allow the contractor to begin tearing out the old south side curb
line and begin constructing the new curb, gutter and sidewalk.
Removing Left Turns
“The safety concern is higher crash rates at corridor intersections, especially
from I-5 to Delta Waters Road,” said ODOT Project Information Specialist Gary
Leaming. “The busiest intersection in the Rogue Valley is Oregon 62 and Delta
Waters Road. It has traffic numbers higher than those along I-5 north of
Left turns from Crater Lake Highway and from the intersection of
Whittle Road and Skypark Drive will be removed. Westbound left turns were taken
away earlier this month at Whittle Road in preparation for the culvert
replacement. Further, the project schedule calls for removing left turns onto
Oregon 62 in front of Hubbard’s Hardware in July and at Skypark Drive in
“We’re eliminating several left turns to improve safety along
Crater Lake Highway,” said Fletcher. “Many locations along the Oregon 62
corridor have high volumes of traffic and higher-than-average crash rates.
Removing these left turns will help reduce the crash rate.” U-turns are permitted for westbound traffic
at the highway’s intersection with Poplar Dr. and Bullock Rd.