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US 199 RCC TO DOWELL ROAD Safety project starts this summer

Westbound traffic stops at one of several lights in the congested urban section of US 199 in Grants Pass. Future funding for this urban phase was recently dropped because Grants Pass and Josephine County did not support those improvements.

The second phase of transportation improvements developed through the US 199 Expressway project will begin construction west of Grants Pass on the Redwood Highway (US 199) this summer. Knife River Corporation of Central Point is the prime contractor for the $5.3 million project, known as US 199 RCC (Rogue Community College) to Dowell Road. The project is scheduled to begin in April and wrap up in October. The project is designed to separate oncoming Redwood Highway traffic

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with a low-level median and install a new signal at Dowell Road. A new multi-use path will be constructed for bicyclists and pedestrians on the north side of the Redwood Highway between Dowell Road and Hubbard Lane. “The second phase of the US 199 Expressway project will go a long way toward making the highway safer for drivers,” said Project Leader Jayne Randleman. “This is the engineering component that ties in to the education and enforcement efforts seen along the corridor for nearly a decade.”