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Friday, April 13, 2007

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Highway 199 Expressway

Project teams expected to make design recommendation

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his month, the Highway 199 Expressway project teams are expected to select a design alternative to advance into the final Environmental Analysis (EA).

The design alternatives are part of the Highway 199 Expressway project from the South “Y” interchange (the intersection of Oregon Highways 99, 199 and 238) west to Midway Avenue. This section of U.S. 199, currently designated as an Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Corridor, has a higher crash rate than the statewide average for similar highways.

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The Highway 199 Expressway project’s goals are to improve safety and congestion on the highway. The $12 million project, which includes a $2 million federal earmark, is scheduled to begin construction in 2009. The project teams evaluated and responded to 85 comments brought forward during a 30-day public comment. “We answered each comment by category and considered all new alternatives brought forward in the process,” said ODOT Environmental Project Leader Jerry Marmon. New alternatives included those presented by the group ACCESS, represented by Grants Pass attorney Duane Schultz whose clients include businesses in the corridor. Last summer, the project teams — the Citizens Advisory Committee and the Project Development Team — voted unanimously to forward Alternatives ‘A’ and ‘C’ into the draft EA. In May 2006, both project teams reviewed a new design, ‘C,’ which provides an access road from Allen Creek road to the Josephine County Fairgrounds and YMCA. The Draft EA examined the human and natural environments such as any significant impacts to rivers, streams, plants and animals. Public comments and concept alternatives are available online at the Highway 199 Expressway project Web site: www.odot.state.or.us/region3public/hwy199/.

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