Construction heats up on Oregon 62 Owen-Coker Butte project

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Drivers in northeast Medford are traveling through a flurry of road construction activity from the City of Medford’s Oregon 62 Owen-Coker Butte project.

Prime contractor Knife River Corporation work is focused on the northern part of the project between Coker Butte Road and the new realigned Crater Lake Avenue. This phase will tie in the new Coker Butte Road at the signal near the Lithia Motors dealership. Crews are also working off the shoulder of Crater Lake Highway.

The Oregon 62 Owen-Coker Butte project is designed to improve safety and traffic flow, reducing congestion on Crater Lake Highway and Crater Lake Avenue.

“Despite the fire at Knife River’s asphalt plant earlier this spring, the project is pretty much on schedule,” said Medford City Engineer Larry Beskow.

Later this summer, construction work will wrap up with the application of a new roadway surface on Crater Lake Highway. However, before that occurs, the connection will be finished between the realigned Crater Lake Avenue and existing Coker Butte Road through city property now occupied by Hertz.

“The City of Medford purchased that section of property back in 1992,” Beskow said. The City was looking ahead to a project such as this. When Hertz located there they knew a road project would eventually use a portion of that property in the future.”

The two-year project makes the following transportation improvements:

• Moves the Cardinal Avenue traffic signal south to the improved Owen Drive, which becomes a four-way intersection;

• Limits right turns only at the intersection of Cardinal Avenue and Oregon 62;

• Closes the existing Webfoot Road and Coker Butte Road intersections east of Oregon 62; and

• Improves Crater Lake Avenue by moving it farther east from Oregon 62 at both Owen Drive and the new four-way Coker Butte intersection. This will improve the safety of the intersection by removing the frequent conflicts that arise because access was unsignalized and the intersections were too close to one another.

For more project information visit the City of Medford’s project website: www.ci.medford.or.us/Projects.asp.

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