GRANTS PASS – The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced construction will begin Monday, June 14, on a $5 million project to upgrade Redwood Highway between Oregon 99 and the Applegate River. Drivers should anticipate a detour, minor delays and reduced work zone speed limits during the project work.
State contractor, Knife River Materials, will begin improving the first of 34 curb ramps in the area of the ‘South Y’ intersection. Curb ramps will be upgraded to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Temporary pedestrian access routes will be signed at each intersection.
The Sixth Street ramp onto southbound Redwood Highway will be closed Monday morning, June 14, for seven days to allow for its reconstruction. Traffic coming out of downtown Grants Pass will be directed to use Oregon 99 to make the turn onto U.S. 199 toward California.
After July 4, nighttime paving will begin in three sections of Redwood Highway, skipping two areas of the highway paved in previous improvements. During the paving, drivers should expect a 45-mph construction zone speed limit 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday through the duration of the project.
Night paving of the southern portion of the project from near Hubbard Lane to the Applegate River will be under the guidance of pilot cars. This will ensure a safe work zone speed for drivers and workers.
Drivers should anticipate day and night single lane traffic through the work zone, depending on the direction being paved. During the night work, flaggers will direct residents at driveways and those accessing the highway from side roads.
For more information, contact Gary Leaming at (541)621-3074.