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&ORMER /REGON #ONGRESSMAN "OB 3MITH AND /$/4 !REA -ANAGER !RT !NDER SON STAND IN THE MID DLE OF THE COMPLETED LANDSCAPING AT .ORTH -EDFORD )NTERCHANGE

.ORTH -EDFORD )NTERCHANGE &ORMER #ONGRESSMAN "OB 3MITH RECOGNIZED

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ORMER /REGON #ONGRESSMAN "OB 3MITH WAS RECOGNIZED AT A *UNE MORNING PRESENTATION NEAR THE (IGHWAY OVERPASS AND "IDDLE 2OAD FOR HIS CONTRIBU TION TO THE .ORTH -EDFORD )NTERCHANGE PROJECT

3MITH WHO REPRESENTED SOUTHERN /REGON IN #ONGRESS FOR YEARS WORKED TO GAIN A MILLION EARMARK FOR THE .ORTH -EDFORD )NTERCHANGE PROJECT

h) HAD AN OPPORTUNITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN #ONGRESS TO SELECT ONE OF THE MOST IM PORTANT TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS IN MY DISTRICT v SAID 3MITH WHO REPRESENTED /REGON COUNTIES WHILE IN #ONGRESS h!ND THAT WAS THIS PROJECT CRITICAL TO FREIGHT FROM THE INTERSTATE INTO CENTRAL /REGON v

#ONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN FOR THE MILLION MODERNIZATION PROJECT 4HE PROJECT WAS DESIGNED TO MAKE SAFETY AND TRAFl C m OW IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EAST SIDE OF THE )NTERSTATE INTERCHANGE EXIT THAT LINKS ) AND /REGON (IGHWAY LOCALLY KNOWN AS #RATER ,AKE (IGHWAY h4HE INTERCHANGE WORKS v SAID /REGON $EPARTMENT OF 4RANSPORTATION !REA -AN AGER !RT !NDERSON h(IGHWAY TRAFl C m OWS MORE EASILY AND WE DON T HAVE THE BACKUPS WE USED TO REGULARLY EXPERIENCE ON THE NORTHBOUND RAMP OF )NTERSTATE !LL THESE PROBLEMS WERE SOLVED BY THIS PROJECT v 4HE .ORTH -EDFORD )NTERCHANGE PROJECT WIDENED THE (IGHWAY BRIDGE OVER "IDDLE 2OAD REMOVED THE -EDCO (AUL 2OAD OVER CROSSINGS AND BUILT NEW ON AND OFF RAMPS FOR NORTHBOUND ) TRAFl C 0OPLAR $RIVE WAS RECONSTRUCTED AND A NEW SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION WAS INSTALLED FOR BOTH &RED -EYER AND 0OPLAR 3QUARE !ESTHETIC FEATURES WERE ALSO ADDED AS PART OF THE INTERCHANGE PROJECT IN ADDITION TO A COMPREHENSIVE INTERCHANGE LANDSCAPING PLAN /RIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN /CTOBER PROJECT DELAYS PUSHED THE l NAL WORK INTO SPRING

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