West Jackson-Hwy. 99 contract approved

    A nearly $450,000 contract to realign the West Jackson Road intersection with Highway 99 was approved by county commissioners Wednesday morning.

    Medford-based KOGAP Enterprises Inc. was the successful bidder out of six proposals to realign the busy intersection north of Ashland, according to Jackson County Roads and Parks officials. The contract was approved for $448,750.

    The project's total cost will be between $800,000 and $850,000, including construction and engineering costs, right-of-way purchase and fees, said county engineer Mike Kuntz.

    The project will be funded by a local improvement district, which will collect twice-yearly payments from adjacent property owners over a 15-year period.

    "We're bonding that project, so we will secure a revenue bond to finance that project with, and then the property owners will be paying us back," said John Vial, roads and parks director.

    The county anticipates work on the project will start sometime in the spring. It will modify the intersection of West Jackson Road, Highway 99 and Valley View Road, near Exit 19 off Interstate 5.

    Crews will realign a section of West Jackson Road with Valley View, creating a traditional four-way intersection with traffic signals. West Jackson currently connects with Highway 99 just south of the highway's intersection with Valley View.

    County officials say the realignment will improve safety at the intersection, which sees a significant traffic and has no designated crosswalks. Business and property owners say it will boost traffic to the businesses nearby and make land in the area more readily available for development.

    Affected businesses include Lithia Springs Resort, El Tapatio restaurant, and Town & Country Chevrolet.

    Reach Mail Tribune reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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