Work on paving the Central Point-Medford road will begin within the next few days and will be completed within sixty days from time of beginning. The pavement will be four inches of reinforced concrete with granitoid surface, sixteen feet in width. The work will be done by the county under direction and supervision of the state highway engineer. The base rock and the sand will be furnished by the Medford Concrete Construction company. The granite for surfacing will be quarried by the county at Gold Ray.
State Highway Engineer H.L. Bowlby met with the county court Wednesday and ratified contracts for cement and rock. He states that reinforcement, which prevents expansion cracks, will cost about 10 cents per yard extra, and that the cost of the road will not exceed $1 per square yard, or about $9,000 per mile, as against $1.25 per square yard for two-inch Warrenite.
"The road will be a permanent one," says Major Bowlby, "and nowhere in Oregon are climatic conditions more favorable for cement construction. The cement highway that we will build will be a fine one, for there will be no cheating on quantities. There will be no contractor's profits. The cost will be minimum, and cement roads will enable all the money to remain in Jackson County, when the Gold Hill cement plant is in operation." R.E. Edwards of the firm of Edwards & Lazell spent Tuesday visiting the Gold Hill plant and the various rock quarries, where he passed upon the materials and got samples for testing.
The county court and highway engineer now plan to pave only eight feet in width over the Siskiyous, with eight feet graded on each side. This will cut down the cost and leave money enough to complete the grade through the county.
County Judge Tou Velle leaves Thursday for Chicago, where he meets the bond buyers to settle a few points in dispute, and sign the bonds and get the money. He will be gone ten days.
The Jackson County Bar association held a meeting last night and adopted a constitution and by-laws. Twenty members, principally from this city and Ashland, were in attendance. Next Monday, February 16, the election of officers will be held, including a banquet, the place not yet being definitely decided upon. Judge Calkins of the circuit court will be invited and other distinguished members of the bar deliver short addresses.