Enhance funding expands MEDFORD VIADUCT STUDY
The Oregon Transportation Commission recently selected the Medford Viaduct environmental study to receive $4 million in discretionary Enhance funding, a category of the ODOT capital improvement program that focuses on projects that enhance, expand or improve the transportation system. The added investment means the planning division’s facility plan, announced last year, will now transition into an environmental study of Medford’s most iconic bridge. The 3,222-foot Medford Viaduct was built in 1962. It supports Interstate 5 between two major exits — the south Medford interchange at exit 27 and the north Medford interchange at exit 30.
March 21, 2014
“This is a fantastic opportunity,” said ODOT Principal Planner Lisa Cortes. “The Enhance funding allows our agency to prepare a facility plan in conjunction with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the project development process.” Facility plans generally culminate in a determination of what needs to be done to address an identified problem based on established policy direction and standards. Project planning is carried out in accordance with NEPA and is known within ODOT as the project development process. Facility plan “The facility plan provides ODOT and local agencies and other stakeholders with a priority list of specific improvements,” Cortes said.
Moving Ahead - Spring 2014