ODOT Staying Busy with a Number of Rogue Valley Projects

Here is a list of the current ODOT projects taking place in Jackson and Josephine counties, for the week of September 17-23.


INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 0.0-11.4, California Border to Ashland Paving ($30.7 million)

Expect daytime shoulder and lane closures as the contractor continues work on final contract items such as installing signs, final striping and recessed pavement markers, and corrective work at the Exit 6 bridge decks.

INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 11-19, North and south Ashland paving ($9 million)

For the week of Sept. 17-22, the contractor will continue paving the northbound lanes, weather permitting, and may begin paving interchange ramps. Watch for workers and equipment Sunday through Thursday nights, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Construction will require nighttime ramp closures through the work zone. Roadside message boards will be updated with dates of ramp closures when schedules are finalized. The nighttime speed limit through the work zone will be 50 mph.

Watch for intermittent daytime shoulder closures for electrical work.

The project will repave this section of I-5, apply new permanent striping, and install new safety rumble strips on the shoulders. Construction will also address ramps at Exits 11, 14 and 19, as well as the Ashland Port of Entry.

INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 21.7 (Talent), Bear Creek scour repair ($900,000)

This project will repair the scour next to the Bear Creek Greenway and near Interstate 5 in Talent. Construction is expected to be completed by Oct. 15.

Interstate 5 motorists should watch for shoulder closures and construction vehicles entering and exiting the travel lanes.

Construction will require a half-mile closure of the Bear Creek Greenway multiuse path between Suncrest Road and  West Valley View Road for the next month. Alternate routes will be provided for pedestrians and path users. Look for detour signs.

INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), MP 33, VMS and curve warning signs ($2.6 million)

This project will install variable message signs and curve warning signs at several locations along I-5 in Douglas and Jackson counties.

Watch for intermittent nighttime lane and shoulder closures along I-5 near milepost 33.

OREGON 66 (Greensprings Highway) over CORP railroad tracks, MP 0.73 (Ashland), Bridge deck rehabilitation ($2.7 million)

Watch for single-lane traffic in each direction at lane transitions over the railroad tracks until Oct. 10, then occasional lane closures for final work until Oct. 17.  An ODOT contractor is rehabilitating the bridge deck for future use. Watch for workers and traffic control signs.

OREGON 99 (Rogue Valley Highway), MP 0.4 to 1.6, Interstate 5 to Scenic Avenue improvement project, Central Point ($3.5 million)

Watch for workers installing signs along the roadway.

From Sept. 15-18, Scenic Avenue will close on the west side of Oregon 99 while railroad crews replace new tracks at the crossing. Follow the detour signs or use an alternate route. Once the railroad signals are ready to operate, the new traffic lights will be turned on. Until then, traffic control at Scenic Ave. will continue to be provided by a stop sign. Work on the intersection is scheduled to be completed in late October.

Watch for shoulder closures and watch for construction workers and equipment. The work zone speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph for worker safety.

This safety project constructs new signals, ADA compliant curb ramps, upgrades the existing railroad crossing and paves, restripe the project area.

OREGON 99 (Rogue Valley Highway), MP 10.2 to 11, Glenwood to Coleman Creek utility work

Watch for possible single-lane traffic, Monday through Friday, as utilities are relocating their lines, wires and pipes out of the right of way for a 2024 improvement project.

OREGON 99 (Rogue Valley Highway), MP 14.39, Wagner Creek Bridge strengthening project, Talent ($335,000)

Watch for single-lane traffic through Sept. 15. Watch for nighttime lane closures in September.

Contract crews will be strengthening the bridge to allow heavier loads, including emergency service vehicles, to use the bridge.

OREGON 140 (Lake of the Woods Highway), MP 1.03, Turn lanes at Lakeview Drive ($1.7 million)

No traffic impacts are expected this week. Remaining work, scheduled for September, includes seeding the area.

This project constructs center turn lanes from Oregon 140 onto Lakeview Drive.

OREGON 234 (Sams Valley Highway), MP 16, Dodge Bridge painting ($5.8 million)

Watch for single-lane traffic with flaggers, Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., for bridge maintenance and painting.

S. VALLEY VIEW ROAD (Ashland), Bear Creek Bridge bearing replacement ($184,000)

This project, located on South Valley View Road near the Oregon 99 intersection, will provide repairs to the Bear Creek Bridge. Most work will take place under the bridge.

On the Bear Creek Greenway, pedestrians, bicyclists and other travelers should watch for construction activity under the bridge.


INTERSTATE 5 (Pacific Highway), Hillcrest Road Bridge, north Grants Pass, seismic bridge improvements and retrofitting ($5 million)

No traffic impacts are expected until Nov. 1, when the undercrossing will close again for additional seismic bridge strengthening through the early spring.

OREGON 46 (Caves Highway), MP 15.8 to 19.9, Highway improvements ($3.5 million)

Watch for single-lane traffic and expect delays 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed.

This project will repave the highway and make improvements, such as adding retaining walls, guardrails and drainage. Construction is scheduled for completion Oct. 19.

U.S. 199 (Redwood Highway), MP 6.5-41.7, Applegate River to California border safety improvements ($6.7 million)

This project will pave the highway between Cave Junction and O’Brien (MP 29.4-36) and apply a chip seal from O’Brien to the California border (MP36-41.6). The project will also add center-line and shoulder rumble strips and install new speed-feedback signs for traffic approaching Selma and Kerby.

For the week of Sept. 17-22, contractors will pave U.S. 199 (Redwood Highway) at night between Cave Junction and O’Brien (milepost 29.4-36). Traffic will be limited to a single lane from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday night to Friday morning. Traffic control will be provided by flaggers and pilot cars. Expect delays up to 20 minutes.


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