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I-5 project may cause delays in South Medford

The southbound off-ramp from the Exit 27 interchange is being widened to reduce traffic congestion.

A construction project to widen part of Interstate 5 in Medford began on Sunday, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. The goal is to ease traffic backups onto southbound Interstate 5 from the south Medford interchange at Exit 27.

Southbound off-ramp traffic widths will be restricted until May 14. When complete, the wider ramp will accommodate more traffic and provide longer dual left turn lanes.

When complete, the southbound off-ramp will be about six to 24 feet wider for a length of 300 feet.

Employees may experience peak morning and afternoon ramp delays, which may reach back to the interstate travel lanes. Night construction will be behind concrete barriers. Barriers will be in place for about half the project.

Drivers who use the exit regularly should adjust their commute or travel times, or explore carpool options. Although the project is overseen by ODOT, it is being paid for by Pacific Retirement Services, the parent of the Rogue Valley Manor. Knife River Materials serves as the contractor. The project will help offset future Manor development in southeast Medford.

This is the first modification to the south Medford interchange since it was completed in 2009.

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