The public is invited to weigh in on how to manage I-5 traffic congestion in the Rogue Valley. A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1.

The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, April 1 to learn about how to manage traffic congestion on the Interstate 5 corridor in the Rogue Valley. The meeting is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. A short presentation will begin at 5:40 p.m.

Growth in the Rogue Valley is causing increased traffic congestion. I-5 is a critical freight route for the West Coast and the nation. It is the third-most heavily traveled truck corridor in the U.S.

This next phase will determine which series of transportation improvement alternatives will best protect and improve travel conditions on I-5.

The Oregon Department of Transportation with its jurisdictional partners is looking to improve efficiency, safety and traffic operations on I-5. The Rogue Valley Corridor plan's goal is to develop various measures to maximize I-5 use.

The objectives include:
* Explore options to improve alternate north-south connections
east of I-5;
* Improve efficiencies to the existing transportation system
through encouraging local off
peak travel through Transportation Demand Management strategies and Intelligent Transportation System technologies, and;
* Identify potential improvements to the Medford viaduct that
incorporate incident
management and other measures to maximize efficiency.

The Rogue Valley Corridor plan builds upon a nine-year-old "I-5 state of the Interstate Report" that focused on identifying congestion problems along the Oregon portion of the corridor.