Moving Ahead - Winter 2014

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facelift coming in 2015 A 15-mile stretch of the Redwood Highway (U.S. 199) is scheduled for a $4.9 million facelift in summer 2015. The pavement improvement project targets the section located west of Grants Pass from Slate Creek Road to south of the community of Cave Junction. Prime contractor Oregon Mainline Paving of McMinnville will put down new pavement, add rumble strips to the shoulders and center line and add fresh stripes along the entire stretch of highway.

The lane conversion calls for converting the number of through traffic lanes from four to three, including a two-way, left turn lane. The design adds bicycle lanes on both sides of the Redwood Highway and improves pedestrian access along a half-mile section in the city limits.

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The genesis of the lane conversion design came about during Cave Junction’s transportation system plan update (TSP). Cave — ODOT District Manager Jerry Marmon Junction began its TSP update after receiving a Transportation & Growth “Redwood Highway between Management (TGM) planning Grants Pass and Cave Junction has grant from ODOT. a higher-than-normal rate of drivers “TGM grants provide money to who simply run off the road,” help local governments plan for said ODOT District Manager Jerry their future transportation needs,” Marmon. “Improving the pavement and installing the rumble strips should said ODOT Planner John McDonald. “The TSP is even more beneficial help alert drivers to keep it between when there is a project scheduled the lines.” for construction within the next few The project also incorporates Cave years. Cave Junction is working with Junction’s lane conversion project, ODOT to make that project better for which has been in development for everyone.” the past year.


installing the rumble strips should help alert drivers to keep it between the lines.

December 12, 2014