By Kyle Bailey
News Radio 1240 KQEN
December 30, 2015 4:45 a.m.
The Oregon 138E Corridor Solutions Project from the Oregon Department of Transportation is set to enter a new phase beginning on Monday January 4th.
Dan Latham of ODOT says that motorists in Roseburg should expect increased congestion and delays on Southeast Stephens Street.
In addition to ongoing lane closures on Stephens, other traffic control changes will take effect as early as the morning of January 4th:
*At the intersection of Stephens and Douglas, flaggers will provide traffic control as workers replace the storm pipe through the intersection.
*A short section of Douglas Avenue, between Stephens and the railroad tracks will be closed for about a month while workers rebuild the roadway. Motorists will have to take alternate routes through the area.
*Stephens between Douglas and Washington will be reduced to a single lane in each direction for at least a month. This will allow workers to replace the storm pipe down the center of Stephens, and begin widening the roadway to make room for the northbound left turn lane at the Stephens and Douglas intersection.
*The left lane of Oak Avenue between the bridge and Spruce Street will be closed for sidewalk work. The other two lanes will remain open.
Dan Latham suggests that motorists avoid the project area during peak travel hours, use alternate routes, or give themselves extra time to get through the area.
Due to construction at the Stephens-Douglas intersection, several sidewalks will be closed. Pedestrians are advised to look for detour signs and use alternate routes.
Dan Latham says that ODOT would like to remind residents that Oregon Tool and Rite Aid are still open for business during the construction work. While the short section of Douglas Avenue will be closed starting January 4th, motorists can use Oregon ToolÕs access on Stephens and Rite AidÕs access on Washington.
Go to www.roseburg138.com for more information on the Oregon 138E Corridor Solutions Project.