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Medford to receive $15.5 million federal grant for road improvement

No start date for the road expansion was announced.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 1:09 PM

Several miles of Foothill Road in South Medford will double in size in the future, thanks to a $15.5 million grant United States Department of Transportation.

The announcement was made by Representative Greg Walden:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that the City of Medford will receive $15.5 million from the Department of Transportation (DOT) through their Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. Representative Walden wrote to and spoke with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in support of the city’s request for funding, which will help expand the roadway along Foothill Road and North Phoenix Road in east Medford.

“This is great news for southern Oregon," said Walden. "This funding will allow for better flow of traffic and safer conditions for those traveling along Foothill Road, while simultaneously providing jobs and fueling the economy. I worked closely with local officials and made the case directly to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. I’m very appreciative of her and the Trump Administration’s support for improving transportation infrastructure in our part of Oregon.”

The funding will allow for almost four miles of roadway to expand from two-lanes to four-lanes, and will include a center turn lane, sidewalks, and bike lanes. The current roadway is overcapacity and in vital need of expansion. The project will provide a more viable route for people to reach local destinations and will also generate new jobs and revitalize the area’s rural economy.

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