ODOT Moving Ahead - April 2011

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Heidi Dawn of the Rogue Valley Growers Market confirms parking closures during the bridge repair work.

to remove asphalt. Then, the contractor will perform drilling and shear anchor installation. Finally, the bridge deck will be repaved with asphalt. During these stages, traffic will be limited to a single lane on Lithia Way. “Traffic impacts like lane closures and detours will occur at different project stages,” said Steers. “This schedule allows us to get in and get out quickly, reducing impacts to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Ashland’s summer tourism industry.” The repair project includes drilling and installing about 600 shear anchors into the concrete beams. The drilling phase is the noisiest portion of the project and necessitates reducing Lithia Way traffic to a single-lane configuration. “The drilling noise is basically equivalent to what you’d find on a typical city street,” said Senior Bridge Engineer Bob Grubbs. “If you’re standing right next to the work, the noise can reach about 90 decibels. It is like running a food processor in your kitchen.”

schedule allows “This us to get in and get

out quickly, reducing impacts to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Ashland’s summer tourism industry.

— Public Service Representative Dennis Steers

According to Steers, the Lithia Way ramp to Water Street remains open during the project. To accommodate traffic from Lithia Way to Main Street, southbound Main Street north of the project will be narrowed to a single lane near Helman Street. “Some parking spaces will be unavailable on Lithia Way and Water Street during the repair project,” Steers said. “The impacts are moderate for a bridge repair project like this.” odotmovingahead.com

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