Page 10

10

A publication of the Product Innovation Division of the Mail Tribune

MOVING AHEAD WITH ODOT

ODOT PROJECT BRIEFS

Friday, June 2, 2006

EXCELLENCE IN TRUCKING SINCE 1972

SEVEN OAKS INTERCHANGE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT, SAFETY UPGRADES UNDERWAY Work started earlier this spring along Interstate 5 exit 25, the Seven Oaks interchange. Traffic volumes are growing at the Seven Oaks interchange. While the interchange remains fairly rural in nature, it is attracting more traffic, especially trucks hauling freight and aggregate.

95% OF OUR FREIGHT IS ON THE I-5 CORRIDOR, ALLOWING OUR DRIVERS TO GET HOME MORE FREQUENTLY.

According to Oregon Department of Transportation Project Leader Tim Fletcher, the bridge is being replaced because it is structurally deficient due to cracking.

· *$$ Sign On Bonus $$ Plus Safety & Incentive Bonuses!

“ODOT is taking this opportunity to widen the bridge to accommodate three lanes on I-5 as well as improve the structure’s alignment for safety,” said Fletcher.

· Percentage or Mileage for Owner Operators

In addition to building a new bridge, the $24 million project modifies the southbound off-ramp. The configuration allows traffic to go beneath the overpass and loop back toward Rogue Valley Highway (Oregon Highway 99), where the connection will be signalized. Motorists bound for White City and | Oregon Highway 140 would then turn right.

· Company Drivers Medical, Vision, Dental, Life, Profit Sharing/401K & Vacation Available

· Reefer, Dry Van, Flatbed

“This new configuration will allow a safer turning movement for motorists, but it will also provide more vehicle storage, especially for trucks,” said Fletcher. “Currently, vehicles are impeded by trucks headed toward White City.”

Z251632-6/2

(800) 444-4RLT

According to Fletcher, an interchange management plan currently under development will evaluate the interchange operations and identify both interim and long-range actions to protect its function and the public’s investment. Two existing I-5 bridges over the Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad will also be replaced as part of the project. The construction phase for these bridges begins by building a new southbound structure between the existing bridges. Once the new structure is complete, northbound I-5 traffic will be moved onto it while replacement of the existing northbound bridge starts.

3012 Crater Lake Hwy.

Northbound I-5 traffic will generally remain on the existing alignment. The bridges will be built to accommodate three lanes of I-5 traffic in each direction.

(Next to Lava Lanes & Pennzoil)

772-4506

“These bridges are being constructed to last 50-75 years, so there may come a time when we may need more lanes,” Fletcher added.

HIGHWAY 62 CORRIDOR

• Takes Only 3 Minutes • Brushless • Soft Cloth

The Highway 62 Corridor teams are working toward submitting concepts for the Environmental Impact Statement. The Highway 62 corridor from Medford to White City experiences heavy traffic and congestion. The volume of traffic in the corridor is similar to that found on Interstate 5 north of Medford.

Reg. $5.00

A251359 6/2

Safety is another concern on the corridor. Crash rates from Poplar Drive to Delta Waters Road and from Corey Road to Antelope Road exceed the statewide rate, primarily because of the volume of traffic and roadways and driveways located between those points. To date, the teams have worked through many concepts with four under review. The concepts can be reviewed at the project web site at www.oregon.gov/odot/ hwy/region3.

Only

Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00-7:00 Sunday 9:00-6:00

Express Car Wash

One coupon per customer. With coupon only. Not valid with any other offer. Expires 09/08/06.