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Lane closures along East Main Street start Friday

Road work is going to start on one section of East Main Street on Friday.

Posted: Jul 12, 2019 4:18 AM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 7:59 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- An asphalt overlay will cause lane closures on 8th and East Main Street in between Bear Creek and Portland Avenue. 

These roads will only have lane closures, not road closures. That means traffic will still flow in both directions. If this is part of your daily commute to work, it might get a little more congested. 

Construction is set to start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 12. It is expected to last one week until Friday, July 19. Each day, the road work will end at 4 p.m. 

The City of Medford said construction workers will be putting down a new, two inch layer of asphalt all along the road. The edge of the road, next to the curb, will also be grinded down to make sure the entire road is the same color. 

These lane closures can get confusing, said Cory Crebbin, the Director of Public Works at the City of Medford. He wants to remind drivers to be careful. 

"First of all, they shouldn't be going fast in a work zone," Crebbin said. "There will be advance road work ahead signs. There will be all the appropriate traffic control devices. The important thing is that drivers pay attention and obey those traffic control devices."

It is typical to do this type of road work in the summer, city officials said. 

The city analyzes streets about every two to four years with technology. A truck drives down the road and scans the pavement with a radar. That radar system looks for how much traffic the road has and how strong the pavement is. 

This lets the city figure out when they should fix up certain roads. It also helps them choose which roads need to be fixed. 

There are a lot of businesses along this part of East Main Street. One business is Forage Coffee Company. Jacob Terando, the shop's owner, said cars are always zipping up and down this road. Even though there will be lane closures, Terando said he doesn't expect the construction to affect his business. But he is happy the road is being revamped. 

"Improvements to the area are great," Terando said. "The road is in need of work, so the fact that they're fixing it up is awesome. I'm excited to see the brand new asphalt and excited to see people driving on it as well."

Flaggers will be out when the road work is happening. Right now, you will have to find your own detour if you want to avoid that area. 

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