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Bypass interchange could be done by end of year

The road construction on Highway 62 (between Delta Waters and Fred Meyer) seems like it's been going on forever. Is there a time frame as to when it may be finished?

TC, Eagle Point

Road projects always seem to take a long time, TC. Don't you remember the work on the north and south Medford interchanges, as well as the new Phoenix interchange?

These are massive projects costing millions of dollars.

Just a refresher before we answer your question, TC. The Oregon 62 Expressway, which will be a 4.5-mile bypass for Highway 62, began last spring by Knife River Materials.

The section you're referring to is one of the most complicated because it's where current Highway 62 will merge with the new $125 million bypass. Basically an interchange, similar to other complicated interchanges that have been built in the valley, is being constructed right there by Delta Waters. The construction is going on while thousands of vehicles a day head along this busy corridor.

Gary Leaming, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said Knife River has been making headway over a very wet winter and spring as it creates new eastbound traffic lanes, curbs and sidewalks. The section is scheduled for completion by summer.

By the end of the year, the new interchange should be completed, TC. Of course, the new directional interchange won't be functional until the complete expressway is finished, scheduled for late next year.

All we can say, TC, is relax and enjoy watching this massive road project come together each time you pass by.

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