Rogue Valley Expressway Traffic will shift onto the new Rogue Valley Expressway later this winter. When those first vehicles transition onto the concrete roadway, it will be after nearly three years of construction and 20 years of planning on the 4.5 mile long expressway, designed to increase safety and reduce congestion on the busy corridor between Medford and points north. The $120 million project was funded in part by the 2009 Oregon Legislature’s Jobs and Transportation Act.
Over the summer, the roadway surface was poured at night to avoid hot temperatures and allow for a better concrete cure. Since then, the shoulders, center barrier and guardrail have been placed. Striping and signs at the transition points will soon be installed before drivers can jump onto the expressway. Once it opens, it is projected to save about seven minutes in travel time between Medford and Eagle Point. Increase capacity, improve safety The project increases capacity and improves safety, while also improving a critical business connection for commercial freight, tourism and commuters from Medford to destinations east.
“Motorists driving by either end of the expressway – either on the north or south end – have seen the new roadway,” said ODOT Project Coordinator Chris Penka. “It’s been ongoing, but it’s been out of view.”
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