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The Medford City Council approved an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), last Thursday, August 3, to design and construct safety upgrades on multiple streets throughout Medford.

Why are these changes being proposed? The proposed upgrades are being designed to make streets safer. In the case of Jackson Street, the lanes are being reconfigured to reduce vehicular accidents. From 2009 to 2013 there was a total of 119 accidents between the two intersections at Jackson and Central and Jackson and Riverside. The proposed change along Jackson Street near Central Avenue and Riverside Ave to remove one lane from the current four lanes and separating turning movements were analyzed and determined by ODOT and the cityís Public Works Department to be necessary to improve safety.

What does this mean and what are the proposed upgrades? Councilís approval last Thursday allows city staff to begin designing safety upgrades for the mentioned streets. See below to find out what improvements are proposed and where:
 
Location Proposed Improvements
Court Street at McAndrews Road
  • Improve Signal hardware
  • Improve Intersection Visibility
Central Avenue at Jackson Street
  • Improve Signal Hardware
  • Replace green ball signal head with green arrows for the left turn to give left turns right of way
  • Convert 4-Lane Roadway to 3-Lane Roadway with Center Turn Lane and bike lanes on Jackson Street from Central Avenue to Riverside
Riverside Avenue at Stewart Avenue
  • Improve Signal Hardware
  • Install Warning Light for Drivers Approaching Intersection
Jackson Street at Riverside Avenue
  • Improve Signal Hardware
  • Replace green ball signal head with green arrows for the left turn to give left turns right of way
  • Convert 4-Lane Roadway to 3-Lane Roadway with Center Turn Lane and bike lanes on Jackson Street from Riverside Avenue to Biddle Rd
Jackson Street: Central Avenue to Crater Lake Avenue
  • Improve Signal Hardware
McAndrews Road: Court Street to Crater Lake Avenue
  • Improve Signal Hardware

When will the proposed changes be made? Project design will likely start in late 2018, with construction anticipated to start in late 2019.

Are these changes being made to add bicycle lanes? No. Bicycle lanes are not the reason behind the proposed changes, however, the vehicle safety improvements will improve safety for all road users.

​How is this project being funded? These projects will be paid for by a $1.25 million state grant.
 

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