Shady Cove is in the middle of a $2.7 million enhancement project that runs through the community on Oregon 62.
Prime contractor HGC, Inc. of White City is building the first phase on the Rogue River side of Oregon 62. Work is also underway at the Rogue River Drive intersection. And a private water company continues utility work within the highway right of way near the project area.
“HGC crews have been busy working on storm sewers and detention ponds, and pouring curb, gutter and sidewalks,” said ODOT Project Coordinator Shawn Daw. “Our project goal is to be completed before next summer.”
While 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.
Crews have kept traffic moving in both directions while performing necessary work on the shoulder to keep the Shady Cove community connected and commerce moving on Oregon 62. Flaggers control traffic, especially when trucks and equipment enter or exit the work zone.
A key component for the flaggers and work under traffic is to keep pedestrians safe next to the highway as well as across from it. Pedestrian paths are clearly marked in the work zone.
“HGC has flaggers assisting the public with traffic and pedestrian control,” said Daw. “We also have four very visible crosswalks in the work zone for pedestrians. Drivers always need to pay attention.”
Oregon State Police patrol the work zone with overtime enforcement hours provided through the project budget. The fine for failure to yield to pedestrians starts at $260 but doubles in a construction zone.
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.
The north end of the 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.