On Jan. 9, crews bore 25 feet into the subsurface of travel lanes on Oregon Route 99, gathering samples to examine the condition of the existing road.
The sampling is the first step in a new project in Cottage Grove to improve safety and traffic flow on OR 99 from Woodson Place to the Coast Fork Willamette River, a short section of road that connects homes to shopping and services.
The existing four-lane section will be redesigned to have a one-vehicle travel lane in each direction with a center turn lane. Sidewalks with ADA ramps, bike lanes and a crosswalk with a rapid flashing beacon will also be added.
Planning is underway, with construction scheduled for fall 2021.