As construction transitioned from summer to winter, more nighttime work between Poplar Drive and Delta Waters Road is just one of the differences people are experiencing
as they travel through the Oregon 62 Expressway project work zone.
The $120 million multi-phase project will increase capacity and improve safety along the Crater Lake Highway (Oregon 62) corridor, a critical business connection for commercial freight, tourism and commuters.
“The safety concern is higher crash rates at corridor intersections, especially from Interstate 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 Medford.”
Reducing Traffic Impacts
Weather permitting, prime contractor Knife River Materials of Central Point is currently replacing curb, gutter and sidewalk along the south side of the Crater Lake Highway. A temporary, multi-use path, located on ODOT-owned property south of the existing sidewalk, allows pedestrian access during this work, which includes new drainage to accommodate highway widening.
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.
“Our schedule is designed to reduce traffic impacts because the daily volumes on Oregon 62 are so high,” said ODOT Project Manager Fletcher. This is critical during construction of a new (third) travel lane for eastbound motorists on Crater Lake Highway.
“The Lone Pine Creek and Upton Creek culverts have been replaced with new, fish-friendly passages,” said Fletcher. “The realignment of the Lone Pine Creek culvert near Lava Lanes will permit construction of a new directional interchange across from Hubbard’s Hardware to resume.”
The Oregon 62 access out of the Delta Center near Starbucks is temporarily closed so work can begin on the new westbound travel lanes, which will be incorporated into the new directional interchange.
The project’s second phase,
scheduled to bid in December, will continue the new roadway north.
The road will span Vilas Road with an overpass as it follows the Old
Medco Haul Road before connecting with the existing Oregon 62 corridor
near Corey Road.
Once the project is completed, through traffic will travel along a
4.5-mile, four-lane expressway on the east side of the Medford Airport.
The expressway will cross over Vilas Road via an overpass, and connect
to the existing Crater Lake Highway near Corey Road.
The multimodal project also constructs sidewalks and transit-related enhancements on the existing Oregon 62 corridor.