Prime contractor Knife River Materials rescheduled the paving work on Oregon 99 between Talent and Ashland to summer 2018 due to a busier-than-normal construction schedule this season. Meanwhile, utility relocation work in the corridor from Rapp Road to Creel Road continues.
Oregon 99 will be paved and restriped next summer, part of the $5.4 million project to enhance the highway from Rapp Road south to Ashland.
Planned urban improvements from Rapp Road to Creel Road include new curb, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes and driveways. The city of Talent is contributing $400,000 to the project. Plans now call for all of the construction work to be completed in 2018.
“This will be one of the pivotal projects for Talent and its future,” said Talent Mayor Darby Stricker. “What makes this a particularly great project is the impact it presents across the board. It’s not just safety but also livability and economic development potential for Talent.”
Mayor Stricker said the urban improvements will contribute to a strong business corridor by providing better visibility for business and better access to driveways.
The section of Oregon 99 from South Valley View to Jackson Road will remain in its current five-lane configuration because of the weave-and-merge traffic that accesses Oregon 99, Interstate 5,nearby businesses and the Bear Creek Greenway.
However, a new bike lane will be added from South Valley View to Jackson Road, a benefit for local riders who use the highway to connect to the Bear Creek Greenway near South Valley View Road.
“We’re accommodating all users — vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians — and making Oregon 99 safer for residents and business customers who need to make a left turn,” said ODOT Project Leader Richard Randleman.