MEDFORD, Ore. — Work on the south Medford I-5 interchange may be the source of traffic delays from the end of April through mid-May, but the Oregon Department of Transportation says that the purpose of the project is to reduce the chance of backups down the road.
Beginning the night of April 25, crews will be working to widen the southbound Exit 27 off-ramp. As a result, off-ramp traffic widths will be restricted through May 14 while the widening project is underway.
"When complete the wider ramp will accommodate more traffic and provide longer dual left turn lanes," ODOT said.
From April 25 through May 14, drivers may see peak morning and afternoon ramp delays, which could also back up traffic on I-5. Night construction will be done behind a concrete barrier, which will be in place for about half of the project.
"Savvy drivers who use the exit regularly should adjust their commute or travel times, or explore carpool options," ODOT said.
Design and construction of the project are being completed by Knife River Materials and financed by Pacific Retirement Services, the parent company for Rogue Valley Manor. ODOT said that the project is meant to offset future Manor development in southeast Medford.
When the project is finished, the southbound off-ramp will be between six and 24 feet wider for a length of 300 feet. This is the first modification to the south Medford interchange since it was completed in 2009, ODOT said.