CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- The construction project at exit 33 will make the intersection comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and should make it safer by decreasing heavy traffic.
Workers began Wednesday evening. They are making a temporary stripe to shift the traffic about four feet, so they can begin making the new lane.
ODOT officials say growth in Central Point keeps increasing traffic at exit 33. Project Inspector Dennis Steers says this project will make it easier for cars to get off the freeway.
"There have been some traffic backups that have been a safety issue backing up onto the freeway, so we're getting a second lane to eliminate that."
Officials say traffic also got worse when Costco relocated to Central Point. Costco contributed $377,000 to the $967,000 project.
Contractor Knife River Materials will buils an additional right turn lane to complement the existing single right turn lane onto eastbound Pine Street. In addition to the new lane, new signals and sidewalk ramps will be constructed. These will all comply with the Americans
Steers says traffic shouldn't be a problem during construction.
"We're keeping at least three lanes open," Steers said. "So it's just going to be a little different configuration."
Officials ask drivers to slow down, take your time and not come into the exit at a high speed.
Surrounding businesses will remain open during construction. Knife River Materials say it partnered with the businesses to try to minimize any impact construction could have on them, including noise.
The exit will remain open during construction at all times. Workers will be present during the day and sometimes at night. For the next two weeks, drivers can expect to see workers primarily out at night.
The project is estimated to be complete on July 12, but so far, Steers says they are on track to be finished early. Workers are hoping to finish before the fair comes to town.
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