ODOT: Project Briefs

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Seven Oaks Interchange

Interstate 5 bridge work is the current focus on the Seven Oaks (Blackwell Road) interchange along I-5 exit 35, north of Central Point.By the end of summer, the first bridge is expected to be completed. That will allow northbound traffic to move onto the new structure so work can begin on replacing the existing northbound bridge.

To the north, the center bridge support is finished for the new, realigned overpass at Blackwell Road. A new bridge over Jackson Creek is nearly finished, too, as part of the new southbound I-5 on-ramp.

The $24 million project improves the Seven Oaks or Blackwell Road interchange and replaces the two I-5 bridges over the Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad. Completion is scheduled for 2008.

You can read more about the project online at: www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION3/7oaks_index.shtml.

Upton Road Bridge Project.

Now that the 2007 Jackson County Fair is finished, work is begining to replace two bridges to the north on nearby Upton Road.Shasta Constructors of Redding, California was awarded the project, which replaces the bridge spanning Interstate 5 and the bridge spanning Bear Creek. The Upton Road Bear Creek Bridge will be built in phases, allowing traffic to continue using the bridge during construction.

The Upton Road Bridge that crosses I-5 is scheduled to close and be demolished in October. The closure allows construction to move on a faster timeline. The bridge is expected to reopen to traffic in May 2008. Eastbound and westbound Upton Road traffic will need to use Penninger Road and the Pine Street over- crossing as a local detour.

When complete, the new Upton Road overcrossing will feature bike lanes and sidewalks. The new bridge spanning Bear Creek will feature the same bicycle and pedestrian amenities, and will also be wide enough for a westbound left-turn refuge onto Penninger Road.

Highway 99-Ashland/Walker to Interstate 5.

A four-mile section of Highway 99 located south of Ashland is receiving a much-needed makeover this summer. Project contractor, LTM, Inc. is nearly finished with the work to repave the highway between Walker Avenue and Interstate 5.

‘For pavement work inside the City of Ashland, the work has gone well and the delays have been kept to a minimum,’ said ODOT Public Service Representative Bill Boyett.

In addition to the paving, the project improves bicycle and pedestrian access on the highway between Walker and I-5.

The paving is being done during daytime, Monday through Friday. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of this month.

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