ODOT Moving Ahead - September 2009

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single-lane traffic during the relatively lower-traveled months, which allowed the contractor to resume work through the summer with two lanes of traffic open in each direction. By the time the work is completed, I-5 south of the Medford Viaduct will be completely rebuilt with two feet of new base rock and nine inches of new asphalt.

Project background Designed to improve safety and reduce congestion, the South Medford Interchange project’s centerpiece is the new interchange 1,900 feet south of the

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former Barnett Road exit. The new interchange design is called a single point urban interchange (SPUI), which handles large volumes of traffic. The $70 million project went to bid in 2006 after more than seven years of development and with the City of Medford contributing $15 million. A project Solution Team and Citizens Advisory Committee worked through more than 20 different concepts to develop the final design, the Highland Alternative. This is the largest state highway project in the Rogue Valley since I-5 was built. Construction updates and a video are available on the project Web site, www.oregon.gov/odot/hwy/region3.

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