Prime contractor HGC, Inc. of White City is making great use of mild winter weather conditions to stay on schedule with the $2.7 million enhancement project on Oregon 62 in Shady Cove.
The contractor completed the project’s first phase on the east (Rogue River) side of Oregon 62 as well as the west side between the Rogue River Bridge and Chaparral Drive.
While the project schedule calls for major construction work to be completed by the end of May 2018, a return of more severe winter weather could push that completion date into June.
“We’ll soon shift to nighttime work along the project’s narrower, north portion,” said ODOT Project Coordinator Shawn Daw.
According to Daw, construction crews keep traffic moving in both directions while performing necessary work on the shoulder, insuring the Shady Cove community stays connected and commerce keeps moving on Oregon 62. Flaggers control traffic, especially when trucks and equipment enter or exit the work zone.
A key component for the flaggers and work under traffic is to keep pedestrians safe next to the highway as well as across from it. Pedestrian paths are clearly marked in the work zone. New crosswalks are in place with pedestrian activated lights to warn drivers of crossing pedestrians.
Oregon State Police patrol the work zone with overtime enforce-ment hours provided through the project budget.
The Oregon 62 paving project features roadway safety improvements and enhancements along the Shady Cove business corridor that were proposed by the city. Project improvements include new curb, gutter and sidewalks as well as bike lanes through the commercial corridor from the Rogue River Bridge north to the Shady Cove School at Cleveland Street. Toward the end of the project, Oregon 62 will get a new asphalt road surface and striping.