This project reinforces unstable slopes and vulnerable bridges in southern Oregon. By doing so the region can begin recovery efforts and maintain lifeline routes after a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.
- Interstate 5 from Medford/Ashland to Eugene.
- Oregon 140 between Medford and Klamath Falls.
Cost and Funding
$35 million is earmarked for this project by the 2017 Keep Oregon Moving act passed by Oregon Legislature.
Southwest Oregon residents and their economy will benefit from this project by recovering as quickly as possible after a subduction zone earthquake.
It is anticipated that the lifeline routes will be strengthened so freight and recovery materials can be transported in and out.
Triage is in the title of this project because it takes the easiest, least expensive slopes and bridge to repair to maintain connections after a massive earthquake.
This resilience project is based on repairing bridges and slopes on two major routes into and out of southern Oregon.
Bridge repairs are currently underway (spring/summer 2020) on the I-5 Bridges over Leland Road, near Sunny Valley.
Bridge repairs are planned soon on the I-5 bridge over Foothill Road near Grants Pass.
Rogue Valley Highway Bridges:
In 2022, the three bridges on this highway between Rogue River and Gold Hill will be replaced consecutively. They are:
- Miller's Gulch Bridge: this bridge will take about a month to replace between the months of June and September.
- Foots and Birdseye Creek Bridges: These other nearby bridges will take more than two weeks each to complete.
- Residents on this section of Rogue Valley highway should plan for extra travel times to either I-5 Rogue RIver (Exit 48) or Twin Bridges (Exit 45a).
See identified bridges and slopes in the information below.