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Portland company will extend McAndrews

A Portland company was awarded a contract Thursday to build one of the largest road projects ever in Medford.

Contractor Huffman-Wright Co. and the city want the McAndrews Road extension from Brookdale Avenue to 200 feet east of Foothill Road to be completed by the end of 2000, said Medford Public Works Director Cory Crebbin.

We absolutely want to see them moving dirt this fall, said Crebbin.

The Medford City Council awarded the contract to Huffman-Wright by a 5-0 vote Thursday. Council members Jim Key, Matt Hart and Bill Moore were absent.

The contract was for $6,380,826, 18 percent below the engineer's most recent estimate of $7,755,000. But it exceeds earlier estimates that the project could be built for around $5.5 million.

Crebbin said engineers realized the costs would be higher when they fully analyzed the project. He said some of the items driving up the cost include wetlands mitigation and the need to move 370,000 cubic yards of earth.

The extension will run 1.8 miles from Brookdale Avenue to connect with East McAndrews in the Oregon Hills subdivision.

It will include a bridge to be built across Foothill with a half clover-leaf, freeway-style intersection.

It is expected be built in part by the city and in part by Medford developer Noel Moore, who is building the road in exchange for about 160 acres of land.

The city is still working on the final contract with Moore.