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I-5 viaduct improvements on the table

The Oregon Department of Transportation is seeking direction/support from the City Council in several areas regardi ng the Medford I-5 viaduct during Thursday night's study session.

Posted: Mar. 14, 2019 6:47 PM
Updated: Mar. 15, 2019 10:31 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Transportation is seeking direction/support from the City Council in several areas regarding the Medford I-5 viaduct during Thursday night's study session. 

The viaduct is the busiest roadway section in Southern Oregon and a key link for travel along the West Coast. On an average day, 51,000 cars cross the viaduct. This number is expected to grow to 61,700 by 2040. 

The I-5 Medford Viaduct Planning and Environmental Study, sponsored by ODOT in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the City of Medford began in 2015 to study the safety, operational, and structural needs. 

ODOT will share the findings of the study at Thursday night's study session. 

The findings indicate that a retrofit of the existing viaduct through rehabilitating the existing structure and widening it by 28 feet to the east meets the project purpose and need and provides the least impactive and cost effective solution. 

Project planners are requesting the City Council's support and a resolution supporting the Project Team's recommendation of how to move the project forward. 

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