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South Stage Road railroad crossing closed this weekend

The railroad crossing at South Stage Road will be closed 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 through 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, while Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad crews remove the crossing's asphalt and replace it with concrete, according to a news release.

"The new concrete crossing at South Stage Road will be a significant and long-lasting improvement to that crossing," said county engineer Mike Kuntz. "It will be much smoother than the existing asphalt crossing."

The crossing, located about 500 feet west of Highway 99 between Phoenix and Medford, will be closed to all through traffic from the highway to Voorhies Road. Those living on the stretch will still be able to get to their homes, or back on to Highway 99, by an alternative route. Those routes include taking Kings Highway to Garfield Street, or taking Voorhies Road to Carpenter Hill Road to Coleman Creek Road to Houston Road to Fourth Street in Phoenix.

Flaggers at the site will also be distributing maps.

Jackson County Roads crews will finish the work the morning of Monday, Oct. 22. Motorists will be able to pass, but should expect five-minute delays.

— Ryan Pfeil