Highway 62 project teams recommend alternatives

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With a 2013 construction target fast approaching, the City of Medford, Jackson County, ODOT and other key transportation stakeholders are working on the multi-modal transportation solution that will reduce congestion and improve safety along Crater Lake Highway (Oregon 62).

Project teams for the Highway 62 Corridor project met last month to recommend build alternatives for the project’s north and south sections. The key recommendations come after technical data was presented to the project’s Citizens Advisory Committee and Project Development Teams, which have met regularly since 2004.

Alternatives considered include three options for construction between Vilas Road and Corey Road. Last year, the teams favored the ‘Haul Road’ option.

Unit 1 of the Highway 62 Corridor project improved the north Medford interchange, realigning ramps, reducing congestion and improving safety around I-5 exit 30. The second unit, a $140 million project, would build a 4.5 mile-access controlled expressway that parallels the old Medco Haul Road between White City and Medford.

According to ODOT Project Leader Dick Leever, multimodal options such as partnerships with Rogue Valley Transit District will be studied to see how enhancing transit runs can help reduce daily trips on the Highway 62 corridor.

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