Klamath Falls, Ore. – The final piece of funding is now in place for a 20 million dollar project to improve a section of Highway 140 between Medford and Klamath falls.
The project would extend from the fire station on Lakeshore Drive, past the Running ‘y’, along Wocus Bay, and along Upper Klamath Lake to the boat ramp at the base of Doak Mountain.
“The primary thing is to widen the road.” Notes Jarod Johnson of ODOT. “Add about 6 foot of paved shoulder, add some guardrail – improve the striping, add rumble strips.”
John Carroll travels the road regularly between Rocky Point and Klamath Falls.
“It can definitely handle some improvements.” Says Carroll. “Everybody drives slow, but some people drive crazy, and then that just causes accidents.”
Klamath County Commissioners authorized about 2 million dollars in funding for the project Tuesday.
“The total project cost is approximately 20 million dollars.” States Johnson. “And we’re looking for bid in 2019.”
Funding includes about 15 million federal dollars, and over 3 million from the state.
The 6 mile project is expected to take about 3 construction seasons to complete, they hope to have it finished in 2021.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.