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Just off Interstate 5 exit 40, the Kane Creek culvert runs beneath a short access road that connects the southbound I-5 ramps to Old Stage Road, a fitting name as it is one of the oldest roads in the Rogue Valley.
The ODOT project team examined different approaches to replace the culvert, including whether to build a temporary detour structure and roadway or use an extended closure of the connector road.
Prime contractor Carter and Company of Salem will replace the rusting culvert with a new bridge of prefabricated components. This is the second of two state projects involving Kane Creek. The first project removed an obsolete fish ladder and improved a section of stream habitat.
“We considered construction under traffic with a short detour route,” said ODOT Project Leader Jayne Randleman, “but that would’ve added months to the construction schedule.”
“This is an instance where you think you’re just driving down the road and don’t realize you’re driving over a waterway, in fact a stream that’s critical fish spawning habitat,” said ODOT Public Service Representative Dennis Steers. Work began last February to clear vegetation in the project area.
The culvert replacement project will use precast girders and supports instead, allowing the road to reopen in a shorter amount of time. During some shortterm closures, traffic will be directed to use either I-5 exit 43 to enter Gold Hill or use Lampman Road to connect to Old Stage Road, Dardanelle’s Market, and through to Jacksonville. ODOT met with affected residents, businesses and the local fire district in developing the construction plan. continued on page 6
April 5, 2013