With the summer tourism season and higher traffic volumes now in the rear view mirror, construction work has shifted into high gear on a $2.7 million community enhancement project along Oregon 62 in Shady Cove with sights set on completion in summer 2018.
Prep work by utility contractors began this past summer to move phone, power and gas lines out of the way of the construction project.
“Utility companies have been working overtime, even Saturdays, to get the area prepared for the prime contractor, HGC Inc. of White City,” said ODOT Inspector Shawn Daw. “Our goal is to be finished and ready for the tourist season in summer 2018.”
In addition to the aforementioned utility work, a private water company is installing a water main on the highway right of way that will serve Shady Cove.
The Oregon 62 paving project features roadway safety improvements and enhancements along the Shady Cove business corridor that were proposed by the city. Project improvements include new curb, gutter and sidewalks as well as bike lanes through the commercial corridor from the Rogue River Bridge north to the Shady Cove School at Cleveland Street.
• Curb, gutter, sidewalks and bike lanes on the river side of Oregon 62 from the Rogue River Bridge to the north side of Chase Bank;
• Curb, gutter, sidewalks and bike lanes on the west side of Oregon 62 from Chaparral Drive north to Cleveland Street;
• Marked crosswalks and rapid flashing beacons north of Rogue River Drive, and between Chaparral Drive and Williams Lane;
• A continuous two-way, left-turn lane on Oregon 62 from the Rogue River Bridge to Williams Lane; and
• A right-turn lane with sidewalks from Rogue River Drive onto southbound Oregon 62.
Although new sidewalks were initially planned between Rogue River Drive and Chaparrel Drive, costs and business concerns over lost parking in front of the older storefronts proved insurmountable.
Project specifications call for the contractor to finish construction on the river side of the project, from the Rogue River Bridge north to Heather Lane, by December 15. HGC will then transition to the west side of Oregon 62 and work from Rogue River Drive north to Cleveland Street.
The project schedule calls for major construction work to be completed by the end of May 2018. Severe winter weather could push that completion date into June.
The north end of the community enhancement project ends at Cleveland Street, where almost 300 students are educated at Shady Cove School. Principal Amy Isackson said that although most students attend school without walking along the highway, the new sidewalks and bike lanes will benefit everyone in the community.
“I’m excited it’s going to get built,” said Isackson.
Project updates are provided online at www.ShadyCoveImprovements.org.