ASHLAND, THANK YOU By Art Anderson, Area Manager of the Rogue Valley Autumn is typically the end of the transportation construction season in Oregon. In Ashland, it signals an end to more than two years of bridge replacement and rehabilitation at the Interstate 5 exit 14 and 19 interchanges. These two projects made needed improvements to both interchanges. These projects were the first major work on the bridges since the interstate was originally built. Each improvement will last for generations, providing local drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists a safer transportation experience in Ashland. I want to extend a special thank you to the Aesthetics Advisory Committee, a nine-member group comprised of Ashland stakeholders
who ensured these bridges reflect the local style that makes this community unique. The exit 14 bridge brings out artistic treatments that echo the historic architecture, the Art Deco theme and the natural environment highly prized in downtown Ashland. The Ashland I-5 interchanges now stand as an impressive gateway for northbound visitors to our state. These projects also have seen their share of challenges. The poor condition of the bridge deck at exit 14 turned what started out as a simple rehabilitation into a deck replacement project. We negotiated with prime contractor Concrete Enterprises of Stayton, Ore., for a change order and an extended construction schedule.
September 28, 2012