Ashland gets the signal

In Ashland, the project team went the extra mile for cyclists by enhancing the safety of a heavily trafficked intersection. A new bicycle signal at the Interstate 5 entrance allows cyclists to remain in an eight-foot bike lane to safely cross the on-ramp before cars can turn onto the freeway. The signal is shielded from the view of motorists, ensuring that drivers will not mistake who is given the go-ahead.

Happier trails along the Rogue River

While repairing five bridges in Jackson County, ODOT took on two side projects to protect cyclists on the Rogue River Greenway Trail, which weaves in and around state highways. Partnering with the agency’s Bike and Pedestrian Program, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and multimodal interest groups, ODOT widened the access road into the Valley of the Rogue State Park and helped the Rogue River Greenway Trail gain another link in its 30-mile bike and pedestrian path between the cities of Rogue River and Gold Hill.

Tunnels to trails in the gorge

When summer temperatures in the Portland metro area soar, thousands of people flock daily to the Sandy River, whose cool waters run fresh from nearby Mount Hood.

While working on the Interstate 84 Sandy River Bridge replacement project nearby, ODOT improved recreationists’ access to the river and surrounding scenic areas.

The agency constructed two tunnels as part of the Jordan Road Bridge so pedestrians and cyclists can cross under west- and east-bound I-84and back to the U.S. Forest Service’s One Thousand Acres property, a scenic area formed by the confluence of the Sandy and Columbia rivers. Additionally, ODOT added a vital path on the Sandy River Bridge, part of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, that allows cyclists and pedestrians to safely travel from Troutdale to The Dalles without having to share a travel lane on I-84.