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New Projects Proposed For Transportation

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MEDFORD, Ore. — About $15 million in state and federal dollars is up for grabs to make transportation improvements in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

Tuesday morning, county commissioners were briefed on a priority list of proposed projects to be built with what are called “enhancement” funds. Those projects range from widening Lozier Lane in west Medford to building a new railroad crossing at the Twin Creeks Development in Central Point.

“Traditionally modernization projects had to improve a state highway or something that directly impacted a state highway. Under the ‘enhanced’, local governments can apply for any project on the transportation system,” explained Jackson County Roads Director John Vial.

18 projects are on the list for funding that begins in 2015. At the top of the local list is the Lozier Lane widening, followed by Bear Creek Greenway ramps to crater lake highway, and the Twin Creeks Railroad Crossing in Central Point.