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The Exit 30 Interchange Area Management Plan (IAMP) evaluates how the existing interchange operates and what measures should be taken to keep it functioning well over the next 20 years.

As this is a plan for the future, there are currently no funds for either design or construction.

This second online open house is a progress report. To learn the latest on the project, and provide comments on what we’ve discovered so far, please go from one station to the next.

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1. Si desea obtener información sobre este proyecto traducida al español, sírvase llamar al 503-731-4128.

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Learn about the North Medford Interchange Area Management Plan and its purpose
The project team assessed the entire study area with the existing conditions - 2020
How the interchange area will perform with no improvements
A look at the improvement planned for the study area with the Split Diamond Interchange
What you can expect in the near future

About the Project

The Oregon Department of Transportation, Jackson County and the City of Medford have been working toward reducing traffic congestion and improving safety along the Oregon 62 corridor since the 1990s. In 2013, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the corridor was adopted by participating agencies which determined a new alignment for the expressway adjacent to Oregon 62.

What is an IAMP?

A long-term (20+ years) ODOT transportation facility plan for interchanges that is an element of the State Transportation System Plan (TSP).

What is the purpose of an IAMP?
Preserve the long-term function (operations and safety) of the interchange infrastructure (e.g. ramp terminals, crossroads, and crossroad access points).

What are the objectives of an IAMP?
1.    Accommodate long-term regional and local traffic demand;
2.    Coordinate land use planning with the design or retrofit of the interchange; and
3.    Ensure a cooperative planning process between local and state agencies.

What are the typical components of an IAMP?
    Evaluating/selecting interchange and local circulation forms;
    Identifying local circulation and access to all properties located within at least ¼ mile of ramp terminals;
    Developing access management plan along the interchange crossroad;
    Developing land use management strategies; and
    Developing intergovernmental agreements stipulating future land use review and funding.


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Existing Conditions - 2020

A look at the existing conditions in the study area as they exist today in 2020.  See graphics for:

  1. Mobility Standards
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  3. Bicycle System 
  4. Transit System
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Future No-Build Conditions - 2042

A look at how conditions will stand with no improvements in the study area in 2042.  See graphics for:

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Future Full-Build Conditions - 2042

What Improvements Are Already Planned for the Study Area?

In 2013, ODOT and local agencies adopted what is referred to as a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the study area. This FEIS established planned improvements to the I-5 Exit 30 interchange and current Rogue Valley Expressway (bypass) cut-and-cover connection to Oregon 62. The planned improvements include a Split Diamond Interchange form that would connect directly into the southern extent of the Rogue Valley Expressway and are illustrated below.

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These Improvements plan to:
1.    Close the current cut-and-cover Bypass connection to OR 62;
2.    Physically separate the Bypass from OR 62; and 
3.    Extend the Bypass further south to connect into the planned Split Diamond Interchange.


As a Result:
1.    Congested intersections along OR 62 between the interchange and Delta Waters Road are expected to be alleviated (particularly the OR 62/Bullock Road-Poplar Drive intersection);
2.    Some Bypass traffic will still need to access intersections, businesses, services, etc. between the interchange and Delta Waters Road – therefore, this region of the study area is expected to see significant traffic pattern and volume changes; and,
3.    The I-5 southbound off-ramp and I-5 northbound on-ramp terminals are expected to be further congested with these system improvements if no localized improvements are made to the intersections.


What Can Be Done To Support These System Improvements?
1.    The following pages illustrate how the I-5 Exit 30 IAMP study area is expected to perform in the future with the FEIS in place.
2.    The project team is starting to evaluate local improvements at intersections within the study area to improve performance and that can support these system improvements.
 


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Next Steps

What Can Be Done Within the Study Area to Improve Future (2042) Performance Before and After the Interchange is improved?

Based on how the study area performs with the FEIS improvements constructed, the project team is starting to evaluate various solutions at the following major intersections:
    OR 62-OR 238 / OR 99-Court Street-N Riverside Avenue  (so-called Big X intersection)
    OR 62 / Delta Waters Road
    OR 62 / I-5 Southbound Ramp Terminal
    OR 62 / I-5 Northbound Ramp Terminal
    OR 62 / Bullock Road-Poplar Drive

These intersection solutions are intended to accomplish two primary objectives, among others:

   1.    Improve the study area’s performance on an interim basis, recognizing that constructing the FEIS is costly and time intensive and may not happen by the year 2042 (planning horizon of the I-5 Exit 30 IAMP); and,

   2.    Construct intersection improvements that support the FEIS to avoid spending time and money on “throwaway” projects.

The intersection solutions that the project team is starting to evaluate include:
    Reassigning/restriping lane movements;
    Adding lanes (e.g. right turn, through, and/or left turn);
    Restricting movements (e.g. right turn and/or left turn);
    Constructing left-turn flyovers;
    Channelizing right-turn lanes; and
    Making right-turn movements free of control (e.g. no yield, stop, or traffic signal).

The project team is also evaluating the following multimodal solutions to improve the environment for people walking, biking, and taking transit within the study area:
    Filling in gaps of the sidewalk and on-street bike lane network;
    Widening existing sidewalks and on-street bike lanes;
    Constructing shared-use paths; and
    Implementing a mixture of the solutions above.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!

Our team will use your input from this second open house to further refine our understanding of the most important needs within the interchange study area.

We’ll further examine solutions for the most important areas and finalize design treatments for the future as funds become available.

We will hold a final online open house to share specific solution ideas next spring, 2021.

Stay involved and up- to-date. If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Virginia Elandt, ODOT Senior Planner/Project Manager

Virginia.ELANDT@odot.state.or.us

541-957-3635


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