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Medford gives go-ahead on Highway 62 changes

Medford's City Council has approved the tentative design for a $10.4 million street project along Highway 62 in north Medford near Costco.

The council late Thursday directed the city staff to continue to work with property owners and businesses in the area to fine tune the design so it has minimal impacts to existing properties and businesses.

The council also authorized staff to deviate from standards for road width, bike lane width and sidewalks in some of the sections.

The project will realign Crater Lake Avenue at Coker Butte Road and Owen Drive, as well as connect two portions of Owen Drive. The Owen Drive connection will enable traffic to get from Highway 62 to Springbrook Road. The project also will add two traffic signals along the highway, at Coker Butte and Owen, and remove the signal at Cardinal Avenue.

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Project program will contribute $9.4 million and the city $1 million. Once the project is designed, the city will begin appraisals and right-of-way acquisition.

The changes will help alleviate traffic congestion at Highway 62 and Delta Waters Road.

— Meg Landers