Construction is expected to begin in July on a $5.9 million project to improve mobility on Oregon 140 (Kirtland Road). Project 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 make it much easier to move to main routes west of White City.”
The 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 in White City to the Blackwell Road interchange. The project also adds a Kirtland Road under crossing for bicyclists and pedestrians as part of the Rogue River Greenway.
An exchange of roadways between ODOT and Jackson County several years ago allowed this first step of a possible four-project improvement to move traffic more easily from White City to I-5. Future improvements may be made at Agate Road and Leigh Way; Agate Road and Avenue G; and Avenue G, Pacific and Kirtland Roads.
Knife River Corporation was awarded the contract. Construction will initially begin off the roadway with a mix of daytime and nighttime construction. Motorists will then encounter delays of up 20 minutes during later stages.