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and rock — enough material to fill nearly 14,000 18-yard dump trucks —were removed to clear room for the truck climbing lane. Douglas County ODOT also added three I-5 truck climbing lanes, each roughly onemile long, in Douglas County. The lanes are located southbound at Rice Hill (milepost 147) and one in each direction on the steep grade located between Sutherlin Exit 136 and Oakland Exit 140. The JTA provided $4.1 million for the three new truck climbing lanes in Douglas County. Truck climbing lanes are also located further north on I-5, where a threemile section exists south of Salem, and on Interstate 84, which has a sevenmile section east of Pendleton. Future Lanes ODOT continues to analyze the need for more truck climbing lanes. Design is currently underway to add

northbound and southbound truck climbing lanes to Roberts Mountain, a steep climb located roughly two miles south of the I-5 connection to the Oregon 42 freight route. The Oregon Gateway Report from 2007, which was developed by the Southwest Economic Transportation Team, also described the need for continued improvements to I-5. The report noted that improved highway capacity between the Rogue Valley and the Port of Coos Bay and the coastal communities in Coos and Curry counties will result in substantial economic expansion. The addition of climbing lanes in the mountain pass areas of I-5 would contribute to this economic expansion. “We need to improve all of the steep passes in southern Oregon,” said Card. “Congestion is an issue for everyone in Portland and truck climbing lanes is a need for everyone traveling through southern Oregon.”

June 17, 2016