Oregon 62 public comment period underway

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Open house, public hearing set for Oct. 17

A 45-day public comment period for the Oregon 62: I-5 to Dutton Road project’s federally-required DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) began earlier this month.

The DEIS examines the impacts of the proposed multimodal solution. This $120 million project, formerly known as the Oregon 62 Corridor project, extends 7.9 miles from Interstate 5 exit 30 to Dutton Road. The project purpose is increasing capacity and safety on this strategic highway that connects I-5 with Oregon Highways 140 and 62.

“Nearly eight years of work have gone into this project,” said ODOT Project Leader Dick Leever. “The DEIS summarizes the complete build out of how this project, estimated to cost $400 million, could affect the human and natural environment in this corridor.

The public is invited to a DEIS open house and public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Jackson County Parks auditorium, 7520 Table Rock Road, in White City. The open house begins at 5 p.m. while the public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m.

“The Oregon 62 corridor is a critical business connection locally and regionally for freight, tourism and commuters,” said Leever. “The highway currently exceeds capacity standards. Future growth is expected to significantly increase traffic volumes.”

The project’s first phase is slated for construction in 2014. The 2009 Oregon Jobs and Transportation Act invested $100 million into the next phase of the project, which builds a four-lane expressway, along with sidewalks and transit-related enhancements on the existing highway.

The proposed 4.5-mile expressway would start at a small directional interchange from Crater Lake Highway near Whittle Road, follow the east side of the Medford Airport, pass over Vilas Road, and terminate at a traffic signal on the existing corridor near Corey Road.

The DEIS is available for viewing online at http://cms.oregon.gov/odot/hwy/region3. The DEIS and its executive summaries are available for free at the ODOT office located at 100 Antelope Road in White City. Printed versions of the full DEIS are available for $125, however copies can be viewed for free at the following locations:

  • ODOT regional office in White City, 100 Antelope Road;
  • Jackson County (Medford) Library, 205 South Central Ave.;
  • City of Medford Planning office, 200 South Ivey Street;
  • Rogue Family Center, 3131 Avenue C, White City;
  • Oregon State Library, 250 Winter Street, N.E., Salem; and
  • ODOT Geo-Environmental Section, 4040 Fairview Industrial Drive, S.E., MS #6, Salem.

Open House and Public Hearing

ODOT attempts to hold all public meetings in accessible buildings. Accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities. Alternate formats are available upon request. If a sign language interpreter is needed, please call Christie Meacham at 541-957-3698 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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