Jacksonville bypass was benched long ago

What is the most recent status of the Highway 238 bypass and the proposed route? Because the Oregon Department of Transportation and the city of Jacksonville can't seem to answer this question for me, I was hoping you could shed some light on it.

— Jim, via email

Any proposals for such a project got benched long ago, Jim. That's according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Specs on what engineers were looking into aren't even available.

ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming tells us there are no plans for such a bypass.

"We have no project. There are no plans," Leaming told us. "(It) was on the burner maybe a decade ago."

And trust us, Jim, if there was a plan to build a bypass, you'd know about it. It would be a lengthy process with plenty of public notice involved. There would be announcements for public meetings about the proposal, along with the necessary environmental impact analysis, designs and various approvals that go along with it.

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