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Medford intersection plan steers clear of bike lanes

Bike lanes are no longer included in a planned overhaul of the McAndrews Road-Crater Lake Avenue intersection, meaning Providence Medford Medical Center won't lose as much land as previously thought.

The Medford City Council decided Thursday to adopt an alternate plan to reduce by about 10 feet a scheduled 28-foot-wide right of way on Providence's property.

The plan was proposed by hospital officials concerned about losing trees and a large sign on their property at the corner. Their alternative uses less space by deleting bike lanes and moving a 5-foot-wide sidewalk away from the road, meandering it through the corner property.

Public Works Director Cory Crebbin said the change means the city will have to buy less land.

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36;1.6 million concrete intersection project, which may now be facing a spring 2004 start date, will widen both roads to create double left-turn lanes on northbound Crater Lake Avenue and eastbound McAndrews Road. Plans also call for adding a right-turn lane for eastbound McAndrews.

According to 2000 figures, 23,000 cars travel McAndrews Road each day; 21,000 travel Crater Lake Avenue; and about 4,000 turns are made in each direction where the two roads cross.

The intersection is plagued by bumps, ripples and cracks in the asphalt caused by intense summer heat and heavy truck traffic.

Jason Alexander, the attorney who represented Providence at Thursday's public hearing, said he'd decline comment until the deal is signed by the city.

Meanwhile, the intersection needs a new layer of asphalt.

We've put the overlay (repaving) off for three years now, said Wayne Pace, public works superintendent. I can't wait another summer.

Crebbin agreed. That intersection is in the terminal throes of falling apart.

The intersection will be resurfaced as part of an estimated &

36;200,000 asphalt overlay project on Crater Lake Avenue from Main Street to about 300 feet south of Delta Waters Road. The project is scheduled to begin later this month.

Crebbin said immediate resurfacing is needed because the asphalt is starting to come off in pieces.

Paving through the intersection won't be a financial loss, according to public works.

It would cost more to hop over the intersection than it would to pull through it, said Pace.

He said LTM will begin the work within the next two weeks, and it should take about five days.

Reach reporter Meg Landers at 776-4481 or e-mail