Prime contractor HGC, Inc. made the most of an unusually dry and mild Oregon winter to forge ahead on the $2.7 million enhancement project along Oregon 62 in Shady Cove. All of the major work including final paving is now complete, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of the summer tourism season.
“Everything is going great,” said Shady Cove Mayor Tom Sanderson.
The contractor’s challenge was the Memorial Day Weekend deadline, considering the many weather-dependent elements of the enhancement project on Oregon 62.
Oregon 62 is the main road and there are no parallel routes through the community. In the work zone, pedestrian paths are clearly marked. Now, new crosswalks provide safer passage with pedestrian-activated lights to warn drivers before people cross the highway.
“We’ll be out of Shady Cove after final striping, placing signs, and resetting manhole covers,” said ODOT Project Coordinator Shawn Daw. “This project had a lot of moving parts. We stayed focused on keeping walkways open, driveways accessible, and parking connected.”
The project’s community enhancements include:
- New curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bike lanes on the Rogue River side of Oregon 62 from the Rogue River Bridge to the north side of Chase Bank.
- New sidewalks from Chaparral Drive north to Cleveland Street.
- New crosswalks and rapid flashing beacons north of Rogue River Drive and between Chaparral Drive and Williams Lane.
- New left turn lane on Oregon 62 from the Rogue River Bridge to Williams Lane.
- New right turn lane with sidewalks from Rogue River Drive onto southbound Oregon 62.
“Our agency greatly appreciates the Shady Cove community’s patience with this project,” said ODOT Area Manager Art Anderson. “We know it hasn’t been fun for residents and travelers to navigate our work zone. However, we’re excited to put the final touches on enhancements this community urged us to build. And we’re confident residents, businesses and summer visitors will enjoy the finished project.”