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Right-hand turn lane needed at busy Rogue River intersection

ROGUE RIVER -- The City Council may buy property from the Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad to build a right-hand turn lane on Pine Street, one of the busiest intersections in the city.

This is the only entrance to the city and everybody has to come through it from Grants Pass and Medford, not only to reach the city but to reach the entire Evans Valley, says Mark Reagles, public works director.

The population of Evans Valley is seven or eight times what the city is and all those people have to funnel through this intersection, Reagles says.

If the city can find funding for the project, the turn lane may be constructed this year, Reagles says.

Other projects listed in the city's Transportation Plan include widening the railroad crossing, moving the crossing arms and building a third lane across the railroad tracks.

Also in the future is Jackson County's plan to replace its bridge in 2003. City, state and county officials are meeting now to talk about what type of bridge would be built.

We have a lot of ideas of what we'd like the bridge to look like, how many lanes and how to incorporate those lanes into the on- and offramps, Reagles says.

The bridge divides the City of Rogue River nearly in half. It sits in the middle of the north and south entrance and exit ramps for Interstate 5.