Drivers Going Too Fast Near Interchange

PHOENIX, Ore. – Several months after work began on the Fern Valley Interchange project, many drivers are choosing to ignore the reduced speed limit, according to Oregon State Police. The speed limit is posted at 50 miles per hour through the 2-mile stretch of Interstate 5 at Phoenix, in order to protect construction crews working … Continue reading »

ODOT Needs Better Planning for Success

MEDFORD, Ore.– The future of road construction is in question after an audit by the Secretary of State’s Office. The problem is two-fold. First, projected declines in gas taxes have led to a reduction in the staff size at the Oregon Department of Transportation. At the same time, temporary funding has increased the number of … Continue reading »

All I-5 Lanes Reopened at Fern Valley

PHOENIX, Ore. — After several weeks, all four lanes of Interstate 5 are reopened near the Fern Valley interchange. The Oregon Department of Transportation has been working at the site to remodel the interchange, and I-5 had been at two lanes for most of the last month. All lanes reopened at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, … Continue reading »

New Rest Area Coming Soon

ASHLAND, Ore. — A plan for a new rest stop near Ashland is moving forward. Yesterday, Jackson County commissioners approved using alternative water sources for the project. It is a requirement that all rest areas be connected to a water supply. In this case the water supply would be served by the city of Ashland. … Continue reading »

Drivers Hoping to Avoid Interchange Work

PHOENIX, Ore. — Some drivers in Phoenix said they are trying to avoid all of the road work that began today on the exit 24 interchange. The Oregon Department of Transportation has been warning drivers about delays on Interstate 5 during the construction. It’s a part of the ongoing Fern Valley Interchange project at exit … Continue reading »

Interstate 5 Work Postponed Due to Rain

PHOENIX, Ore. — The rainy weather forecast for this week has postponed work on Interstate 5 until further notice north of Phoenix which would have channeled traffic into a single lane. In a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation, Project Manager Tim Fletcher said, “You cannot stripe when the weather is wet, it’s … Continue reading »

Last Day for Studded Tires

MEDFORD, Ore. — As a reminder, today marks the end of studded tire season. Drivers need to get their studded tires removed or they could face a fine of $190 dollars. The Oregon Department of Transportation said studded tires cause at least tens of millions of dollars in damage to roads every year. Again, March … Continue reading »

ODOT Project Hits Speed Bump

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Eric Gregory lives in White City and said sometimes, the traffic going into Medford can be brutal. “Bumper to bumper probably from Fred Meyer clear back to the Wal-Mart there, some days,” said Gregory. Eliminating that traffic is the goal of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s expressway project, but that project … Continue reading »

ODOT Crews Ready for Winter Weather

MOUNT ASHLAND, Ore. — Only a couple of inches of snow is expected to fall near the Siskiyou Summit early Saturday morning, but some plows are already mounted to some of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s big rigs. They’ll be in the second year of a program that will let them use salt to clear … Continue reading »

Project Update on Mt. Sexton

MT. SEXTON, Ore. — With winter weather just around the corner, contractors on Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass are rushing to get as much work done as possible now. One problem as cropped up that they may not have expected: a slide has developed near the summit where the hillside was blasted away to … Continue reading »

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