Construction begins this summer on a $5.9 million project to improve mobility on Oregon 140 (Kirtland Road). Plans call for a realignment of Kirtland and Blackwell Roads near Interstate 5 exit 35.
“This is a much-needed project north of Central Point because of the large volume of trucks and other traffic that travels from I-5 to the White City area,” said ODOT Project Leader Jayne Randleman.
This project will remove the stop sign for westbound traffic at Kirtland Road. Travelers on that roadway will continue through a new curve and intersection, which acts as an extension of Oregon 140 to the Blackwell Road interchange. The project also adds a Kirtland Road undercrossing for bicyclists and pedestrians, as part of the Rogue River Greenway.
Construction will initially occur off the roadway with a mix of daytime and nighttime construction. Motorists will then encounter delays of up 20 minutes during the latter stages.