Oregon 99 Enhancements A $5.4 million highway improvement project designed to enhance safety and livability along Oregon 99 from Talent south to Ashland is already underway with work scheduled throughout summer. Prime contractor Knife River Materials broke ground late last month, starting off by excavating new storm water drains and crossings on Oregon 99 between Rapp Road and Creel Road. “Excavating storm water drains is necessary ground work before construction transitions to curb, gutter and sidewalks and new pavement,” said ODOT Project Information Specialist Gary Leaming.
who navigated last year’s utility relocation work, this summer’s construction work should be much less stressful. “There will still be lane closures but ODOT inspectors will be on site daily to monitor traffic control and road conditions and keep business access signed and open,” said Leaming. The project schedule plans to finish construction work on the east side of Oregon 99 between Rapp and Creel Roads before switching to the west side. Then, the contractor will repave and restripe Oregon 99 from the Talent city limits south to Ashland.
For construction weary businesses along Oregon 99 and the commuters
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Moving Ahead - Oregon Department of Transportation - Southwest Oregon - Summer 2018