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Proposed Improvements to Highway 99

Highway 99TALENT, Ore. — Oregon Department of Transportation┬áplanners are hoping to facilitate some big changes along Highway 99 in the next several years.

At an open house on Thursday, the public got a first look at some proposed improvements along the highway between North Ashland and South Medford.

One of those changes, and perhaps the most controversial, is making less-traveled stretches of the highway three lanes instead of four lanes with an added turn lane.

The areas that may see that change would be the strip between Talent and Phoenix, and Talent and North Ashland.

Some other proposed improvements are added or improved bike lanes, new sidewalks and wider traffic lanes.

Project managers hope to implement all the improvements in the next 20 years and it will cost about $20 million.

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