A new expressway project, ten years in the making, looks to decongest the heavily traveled roadway. The new expressway will carry traffic in both directions from Whittle Road to Corey Road, shaving off about 7 minutes of drive time in one direction.
Starting this week drivers will notice traffic shifts, lane closures, and closed left turning lanes. A few short term inconveniences ODOT says will have long term benefits.
“The purpose of the project is reduce that congestion in the corridor and clean up some of the safety problems we have in it, one of which is there at whittle and Highway 62,” said Gary Leaming of ODOT.
A few access restrictions to be aware of: the exit from Delta Center behind Starbucks will be closed through September, however traffic can enter from the highway.
Left turns will not be permitted in and out at Whittle Road and Highway 62.
Phase one and two of the $120 million expressway is expected to be completed in 2019.