Two major bridge improvement projects will affect traffic in south Ashland this spring and summer. Drivers should be prepared to alter travel times and routes.
Beginning April 10, the East Main Street Bridge over Interstate 5 will be closed to all traffic for about five weeks. The closure on the narrow bridge will allow an ODOT contractor to quickly rehabilitate the deck surface and provide a new wearing surface.
The bridge is expected to open to all traffic later in May.Work will then begin rehabilitating the OR 66 Ashland Street bridge deck over the railroad overpass. This work is expected to take about 10 weeks. Drivers should expect a single lane in each direction while this project is underway through the beginning of August.
The timing of both projects will allow the East Main Street Bridge over Interstate 5 — one of several Ashland evacuation routes — to be reopened before southern Oregon’s fire season. More information at AshlandBridgeDecks.com.
ADA Compliant Curb Ramps Project: The Americans with Disabilities Act Project 2021-2023 is underway. This project is being overseen by ODOT. The project will upgrade and install ADA compliant curb ramps at all locations on the state system. Granite Construction is currently under contract with ODOT to complete a phase of the total project within Ashland. The work is scheduled to be complete by June 2023. The work involves installing ADA ramps and some transitional sidewalk sections along Siskiyou Boulevard, North Main Street and East Main Street. The City has contributed funds for the project to install a higher order crosswalk at the North Main Street/Van Ness Street intersection. This involves installation of a rectangular rapid flashing beacon and a median island to improve crossing abilities and safety along the North Main corridor. In addition, there will be another marked crosswalk at the corner of the North Main Street/Nursery Street intersection. Projects like this one are taking place throughout the Valley.
More on the ODOT website at Oregon.gov/ODOT/Projects