T C E J O R P 2 6 Y A HIGHW s e iv t a n r e lt a d n e m m o teams rec With a 2013 construction target fast approaching, the City of Medford, Jackson County, ODOT and other key transportation stakeholders are working on the multi-modal transportation solution that will reduce congestion and improve safety along Crater Lake Highway (Oregon 62). Project teams for the Highway 62 Corridor project met last month to recommend build alternatives for the project’s north and south sections. The key recommendations come after technical data was presented to the project’s Citizens Advisory Committee and Project Development Teams, which have met regularly since 2004. Alternatives considered include three options for construction between Vilas
Road and Corey Road. Last year, the teams favored the ‘Haul Road’ option. Unit 1 of the Highway 62 Corridor project improved the north Medford interchange, realigning ramps, reducing congestion and improving safety around I-5 exit 30. The second unit, a $140 million project, would build a 4.5 mile-access controlled expressway that parallels the old Medco Haul Road between White City and Medford. According to ODOT Project Leader Dick Leever, multimodal options such as partnerships with Rogue Valley Transit District will be studied to see how enhancing transit runs can help reduce daily trips on the Highway 62 corridor.
E G N A H C R E T N I FERN VALLEY al design in fin Designers and right of way agents are working toward a construction date of 2014 for the Fern Valley Interchange project in Phoenix. The Interstate 5 Phoenix interchange (exit 24) experiences traffic congestion throughout the day, especially during the morning and afternoon commutes. Following a busy spring that included approval of the Interchange Area Management Plan by the Phoenix City Council and the Oregon Transportation Commission, right of way agents are acquiring needed properties for the $73 million project. “We’re coming into the final lap of development for this project,” said ODOT Project Leader Dick Leever.
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“Not only are we making offers and purchasing property but designer and drafters are working hard to complete final plans.” Existing and proposed development along the east side of I-5, as well as development growth within the Rogue Valley, are choking the interchange’s capacity and causing safety concerns. The new interchange will also be constructed using a crossing diamond design that provides a higher capacity while reducing right of way needs. Vehicles crossing the interchange move to the opposite side of the road to either enter I-5 or to cross it, reducing the number of signal cycles for traffic to clear.
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