Utility work, the relocation of water and gas lines, on Oregon 62 near Eagle Point is scheduled to wrap up soon. The prime contractor, Oregon Mainline of McMinnville, will then begin a major facelift of the 3.6-mile section of highway.
Paving and widening on this section of Oregon 62, located north of Eagle Point between Linn Road and the intersection with Oregon 234, will begin after the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Earlier this year, the ODOT project team briefed the Eagle Point City Council. The project received an exception to the city’s noise ordinance. Much of the construction work will be conducted at night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., to reduce the impact on summer traffic and speed up the construction schedule.
“Local residents who use Barton Road and live in the adjacent neighborhoods will experience some construction noise and out-of-direction travel,” said ODOT Project Leader Jayne Randleman. “We weighed the impacts of different construction schedules. The benefit to this one is that it compresses a two-year highway project down to just one construction season.”
Oregon Mainline will build a continuous two-way, left-turn lane on Oregon 62 between Rolling Hills Drive and Crystal Drive.
“The contractor will widen Oregon 62 to accommodate the additional lane,” Randleman said. “This addition will improve the safety of the highway, providing a turning refuge for drivers.”
Slated for completion by the end of October, the project includes the following construction work in addition to repaving:
- Replaced culverts in the work zone (work was completed by the Eagle Point Irrigation District and Rawhide Excavating of Madras);
- Construct a turn pocket for left-turn traffic on to Barton Road. There will still be no left-turn movements out of Barton Road onto Oregon 62;
- Temporarily close the Barton Road access to expedite construction. Local access to Oregon 62 will detour on Sienna Hills Drive; and
- Relocate a limited number of mailboxes that will be impacted by the widening of Oregon 62.