ODOT Moving Ahead - September 2006

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./24( -%$&/2$ ).4%2#(!.'% ,!.$3#!0).' 7/2+ 5.$%27!9 7ITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE l NISHING TOUCHES TO LANDSCAPING THE .ORTH -EDFORD )NTERCHANGE PROJECT IS NEARLY l NISHED 4HE MILLION MODERNIZATION PROJECT IS IN ITS l NAL STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION 4HE PROJECT IMPROVES SAFETY AND TRAFl C m OW TO THE EAST SIDE OF THE )NTERSTATE INTER CHANGE EXIT THAT LINKS ) AND /REGON (IGHWAY LOCALLY KNOWN AS #RATER ,AKE (IGHWAY h)T S BEEN MORE THAN TWO YEARS BUT THE INTERCHANGE WORKS v SAID !REA -ANAGER !RT !N DERSON h(IGHWAY TRAFl C MOVES MORE EASILY AND WE DON T HAVE THE BACK UPS ONTO THE NORTHBOUND ON RAMP ON )NTERSTATE !LL THESE PROBLEMS WERE SOLVED BY THE PROJECT v 4HE INITIAL CONSTRUCTION STAGES WIDENED BRIDGES ON "IDDLE 2OAD AND )NTERSTATE

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 INTER SECTION WAS INSTALLED FOR BOTH &RED -EYER AND 0OPLAR 3QUARE

3%6%. /!+3 ).4%2#(!.'% "2)$'% 2%0,!#%-%.4 3!&%49 50'2!$%3 5.$%27!9 #ONSTRUCTION CREWS ARE MOVING EARTH AND DRIVING PILE ON THE 3EVEN /AKS "LACKWELL 2OAD INTERCHANGE ALONG )NTERSTATE EXIT NORTH OF #ENTRAL 0OINT 4HE MILLION PROJECT IMPROVES THE 3EVEN /AKS OR "LACKWELL 2OAD INTERCHANGE AND REPLACES THE TWO INTERSTATE BRIDGES OVER THE #ENTRAL /REGON AND 0ACIl C 2AILROAD

! RETAINING WALL THAT INCORPORATES A DESIGN OF SALMON CATTAILS AND SUGAR PINE WAS BUILT FOR THE NORTHBOUND ) OFF RAMP 4O TAKE A PEEK AT HOW MUCH THE INTERCHANGE HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS GO ONLINE TO SEE HISTORICAL PHOTOS AT HTTP WWW OREGON GOV /$/4 (79 2%')/. NMI?HIS TORIC?PHOTOS SHTML

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4HE "LACKWELL 2OAD OVERPASS IS FUNCTIONALLY OBSOLETE AND TRAFl C VOLUMES ARE GROW ING IN THE AREA 7HILE THE INTERCHANGE REMAINS FAIRLY RURAL IN NATURE IT IS ATTRACTING MORE TRAFl C ESPECIALLY FREIGHT AND AGGREGATE TRUCKS h/$/4 IS TAKING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WIDEN THE BRIDGE TO ACCOMMODATE THREE LANES ON ) AS WELL AS TO IMPROVE THE STRUCTURE S ALIGNMENT FOR SAFETY v SAID 0ROJECT ,EADER 4IM )N ADDITION TO BUILDING A NEW "LACKWELL 2OAD OVERPASS THE PROJECT MODIl ES THE SOUTHBOUND OFF RAMP 4HE CONl GURATION ALLOWS TRAFl C TO GO BENEATH THE OVERPASS AND LOOP BACK TOWARD 2OGUE 6ALLEY (IGHWAY /REGON (IGHWAY

WHERE THE CONNECTION WILL BE SIGNALIZED -OTORISTS BOUND FOR 7HITE #ITY AND /REGON (IGHWAY WOULD THEN TURN RIGHT

()'(7!9 "9"%% #/2.%2 7/2+ &/#53%3 /. &).)3().' $%4!),3 4RAFl C IS NOW ON ITS NEW ALIGNMENT ON THE (IGHWAY "YBEE #ORNER PROJECT BETWEEN -EDFORD AND *ACKSONVILLE

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0AVING IS COMPLETE AND THE CONTRACTOR IS l NISHING l NAL DETAILS SUCH AS STRIPING AND DRIVEWAY APPROACHES AT THE NEW INTERSECTION WHICH PREVIOUSLY HAD BEEN LISTED AMONG THE REGION S TOP l VE CRASH SITES

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4HE MILLION PROJECT ALSO CONSTRUCTED A NEW BRIDGE OVER *ACKSON #REEK 4O ACCOM MODATE THE NEW ALIGNMENT *ACKSON #REEK WAS MOVED ABOUT FEET TO THE NORTH AND ENHANCED FOR l SH HABITAT

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/REGON (IGHWAY NOW HAS A GENTLE CURVE AND NO STOP SIGN WHERE THE INTER CHANGE EXISTS TODAY 4HE ROUTE FROM 7EST -AIN 3TREET NOW INCLUDES A STOP AT THE NEW REALIGNED INTERSECTION