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-ILLION 3AFETY 0ROJECT )MPROVING 5 3 (IGHWAY 4HE l RST OF TWO /REGON $EPARTMENT OF 4RANSPORTATION SAFETY PROJECTS PLANNED ALONG 5 3 (IGHWAY IS NEARLY HALFWAY COMPLETE WEST OF 'RANTS 0ASS

h7E RE STILL WORKING TO ADDRESS FUNDING FOR THE 5NIT 4WO PROJECT BEFORE IT CAN PROGRESS TO CONSTRUCTION v SAID 2ANDLEMAN h(OWEVER WITH CONTINUED LOCAL SUPPORT WE LL BE ABLE TO MAKE FURTHER SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS CORRIDOR v

4HE 5 3 (IGHWAY %XPRESSWAY 2## TO -IDWAY PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE SAFETY ISSUES ALONG MORE THAN TWO MILES OF THE CORRIDOR S WEST SIDE FROM THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO -IDWAY !VENUE 4HIS IS NOTORIOUS FOR BEING ONE OF /REGON S MOST CRASH PRONE SECTIONS OF HIGHWAY

4HE 0ROJECT $EVELOPMENT 4EAM WAS COMPRISED OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CITY OF 'RANTS 0ASS *OSEPHINE #OUNTY A LOCAL TRUCKING l RM THE 'RANTS 0ASS #HAMBER OF #OMMERCE THE /REGON 3TATE 0OLICE /$/4 AND A 'RANTS 0ASS CITIZEN AT LARGE

h7E RE VERY HAPPY TO BE IN CONSTRUCTION ON THIS SECTION v SAID /$/4 $IS TRICT -ANAGER *ERRY -ARMON h4HIS WEST SECTION HAS BEEN NOTORIOUS DUE TO THE HIGH SPEEDS AND CROSSOVER CRASHES MANY OF WHICH HAVE BEEN FATAL v

!DDITIONAL PROJECT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW ODOT STATE OR US REGION PUBLIC HWY

4HE MILLION PROJECT WILL INCLUDE MEDIANS TO CHANNEL TURNING TRAFl C AND A RAISED MEDIAN TO DEm ECT ANY VEHICLE FROM CROSSING INTO THE OPPOSITE LANES OF TRAVEL 5 TURNS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED AT A NEW SIGNAL AT (UBBARD AND A WIDER INTERSECTION AT -IDWAY !VE !LL OF THE WORK WILL BE CONTAINED WITHIN EXISTING HIGHWAY RIGHT OF WAY #ONCERN OVER SAFETY DURING CONSTRUCTION HAS PROMPTED THE CLOSURE OF THE ENTRANCE TO 2## FROM THE HIGHWAY 4HE CLOSURE IS SCHEDULED TO CONTINUE UNTIL SCHOOL STARTS LATER IN 3EPTEMBER #OPELAND #ONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED TO l NISH THE PROJECT BY THE END OF /CTOBER 4HE ENTIRE PLANNING PROCESS FOR THE CORRIDOR FROM -IDWAY !VE TO 4USSEY ,ANE NEAR THE @3OUTH 9 REACHED A MAJOR MILESTONE LAST &EBRUARY WHEN THE 0ROJECT $EVELOPMENT 4EAM SELECTED A l NAL DESIGN KNOWN AS h!LTERNATIVE ! v 4HE l NAL SELECTION WAS REACHED AFTER MORE THAN THREE YEARS OF DEVEL OPMENT THAT INCLUDED EXTENSIVE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT AND THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CITY OF 'RANTS 0ASS AND THE LOCAL CITIZENS GROUP !##%33 4HE 5NIT 4WO PROJECT DESIGN PLACES THREE LANES IN EACH DIRECTION ON 5 3 FROM 4USSEY ,ANE TO $OWELL 2OAD 4HE PROJECT ALSO REMOVES THE SIGNALS AT THE *OSEPHINE #OUNTY &AIRGROUNDS AND AT 2EDWOOD !VENUE MODIl ES THE 2EDWOOD !VENUE RAMP TO ALLOW ONE WAY TRAFl C AND PROVIDES BETTER DEl NED ACCESS TO HIGHWAY BUSINESSES

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4HE 5NIT 4WO PROJECT SCHEDULED TO BEGIN AFTER WILL FOCUS ON THE EAST SIDE OF 5 3 FROM (UBBARD ,ANE TO THE 3OUTH 9

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!CCORDING TO 0ROJECT ,EADER *AYNE 2ANDLEMAN THE SIGNAL REMOVAL IS NOT SCHEDULED TO OCCUR UNTIL ALTERNATIVE ACCESS IS PROVIDED TO THE &AIRGROUNDS 5 3 TRAFl C WILL STILL HAVE RIGHT IN RIGHT OUT ACCESS TO THE &AIRGROUNDS AFTER THE PROJECT IS COMPLETED

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