Drivers asked to avoid Ross Lane-McAndrews intersection this week

Paving crews are working on the North Ross Lane-McAndrews Road intersection this week, and drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.

A press release from Jackson County Roads and Parks says drivers should follow detour signs and be prepared for "significant traffic delays" in the vicinity of the intersection.

Resident on North Ross Lane will be able to get to and from their homes, but also will face potentially long delays, according to the release. Those residents were to be contacted directly by the contractor, KOGAP, for information on the work and delays.

The work is part of a $3.9 million project that began in June 2010. Work includes widening the road to three traffic lanes — adding a center turn lane — and installing a traffic signal at the intersection. The project also includes bicycle lanes, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, underground drainage and a water-main upgrade by the Medford Water Commission.

The work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31, and the county said that if work continues at its current schedule the project will be completed early.

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