TALENT, Ore. — A major highway connecting Talent and Ashland is getting some big upgrades. The $5.4 million project will build numerous enhancements along a stretch of Oregon 99 between the two cities. The city of Talent is contributing $400,000 to the project.
“This will be one of the pivotal projects for Talent and its future,” said Talent Mayor Darby Ayers-Flood. “What makes this a particularly great project is the impact it presents across the board. It’s not just safety but also livability and economic development potential for Talent.”
Upgrades to the highway will include new pavement and, depending on the section, new curb, gutter, sidewalk and bike lanes and defined driveways.
Residents and nearby businesses are no stranger to construction in the area as utility workers have prepped the highway for close to a year. Now, ODOT crews will be taking over and begin work on the enhancements.
The work will modify the existing highway at three distinct sections - each with bike lanes on both sides:
Rapp Rd. to Creel Rd.: three lane section with center turn lane, bike lane and sidewalks.
Creel Rd. to Talent Ave.: three lane section with center turn lane and bike lanes.
From Talent Ave. to South Valley View Rd.: one lane southbound and two lanes northbound. Northbound left turn refuge onto Talent Ave.
South Valley View Rd. to Jackson Rd.: five lane section with bike lanes on each side.
Jackson Rd. to Ashland City Limits: three lane section with center turn lane and bike lanes. This will match with Ashland’s existing North Main St. configuration.
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