The I-5 Medford Viaduct Planning and Environmental Study will look at the safety, operational, and structural needs of Interstate-5 in the City of Medford between the North and South Medford interchanges, which includes the 3,200-foot viaduct that was built in 1962 and crosses Bear Creek and several local streets.
This study will occur in two phases:
Phase 1 is a Planning process that will identify the specific near- and long-term problems with the Viaduct and the local street network and identify potential solutions through:
Phase 2 is the NEPA process that will evaluate the solution(s) from Phase 1 in more detail to determine the environmental impacts of potential solutions. This is required in order to obtain federal funding for construction of improvements and will include the following steps.
Following the completion of Phases 1 and 2, the necessary funding will be obtained to implement the Preferred Design Option Solution.
|Retrofit: Improve the existing viaduct structure to meet current seismic standards.||Rebuild: Construct a new facility along the existing alignment to meet the current seismic standards AND provide operational and safety improvements for I-5 through Medford.||Reroute: Realign I-5 through Medford to eliminate the need for the existing viaduct structure.|
Redistribute: Provide alternative options through increased local street connectivity and multi-modal alternatives.