Big changes coming to Phoenix exit

I see they are starting to do grading near Home Depot for the new road that will connect to the freeway overpass. It looks like the road is running at an odd angle to North Phoenix Road (on top of the hill), so it can't connect there. Are they going to build a new road there as well as below the hill? I thought it was just going to connect with North Phoenix.

— Wondering in Medford

Wonder no more, Wondering. Indeed, the road now under construction will connect with North Phoenix Road to the north of the Phoenix Home Depot.

According to Gary Leaming of the Oregon Department of Transportation, the new stretch of road will cross the existing path of North Phoenix Road as it makes a bend to the north before connecting with the road.

That means some of the new road will take a small chunk out of property on the west side of North Phoenix. The change in the road's path is made necessary by the geometry of the curve and the 45 mph speed limit there.

That will be far from the only change in North Phoenix Road's path. This work all stems from plans for a new freeway interchange at Phoenix. The new road leading from the interchange on the east side of I-5 will cross between Home Depot and a nearby Peterbilt truck stop before bending to the north toward its aforementioned connection with North Phoenix.

An existing portion of North Phoenix Road will be closed permanently between Fern Valley Road and the new bend atop the hill.

When it's complete, the road will be called North Phoenix Road all the way to its intersection with Highway 99 in central Phoenix. The existing Fern Valley Road will end in a cul-de-sac at Pear Tree Lane.

If you're still wondering, Wondering, check out ODOT's online video of the project at It gives you a bird's-eye view of how the roads will be laid out.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to

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