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continued from page 5 After prime contractor Knife River Materials of Central Point replaces the Lone Pine Creek box culvert located in front of Lava Lanes, the project focus will ramp up on the directional interchange and widening the south side of Crater Lake Highway. Construction of a new multi-use path, located on ODOT-owned property south of the existing sidewalk, allows the contractor to tear out the old south side curb line so construction can begin on a third travel lane with new curbs, gutters and sidewalk. Left Turns Eliminated According to Fletcher, left turns from Crater Lake Highway and from the Skypark Drive intersection west to Poplar and Bullock Roads will be removed by the end of fall. “We’ve eliminated several left turns to improve safety on Crater Lake Highway,” said Fletcher. “That work

will continue west toward Poplar Drive and Bullock Road this fall. Removing these left turns will help reduce the crash rate.” Oregon 62 exceeds its capacity standards. Future growth is expected to significantly increase traffic. The $120 million 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 commuters. “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 Medford.”

September 23, 2016