Allen Creek Road between West Harbeck and Denton Trail is a two-lane rural road with narrow shoulders, roadside ditches, and no safe space for people to walk or bike. Because of the roadway condition, Allen Creek Road is currently load restricted and barricaded at Denton Trail, which leads to a large amount of out-of-direction travel in the area.
The new design for Allen Creek Road addresses the gap between Denton Trail and West Harbeck by bringing this section of road up to city standards, creating a safer and smoother roadway for drivers and improving safety for people who walk and ride bicycles.
Review the latest design using our interactive map, or download the project design fact sheet (pdf, 9.1 MB).
Expect to see utility relocations now through next spring. Grants Pass Irrigation District will be relocating irrigation services next fall.
Winter 2022 – Winter 2023
Utility Relocation and Right of Way:
Fall 2023 – Spring 2024
Summer 2024 – Winter 2025
Be sure to monitor the project website at AllenCreekRoad.org for the latest information and updates.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about this project.
The Allen Creek Road Improvement Project has several goals:
The roadway design has been developed based on public feedback and is similar to other arterial streets in Grants Pass. The width matches Allen Creek Road to the north of Harbeck Road and south of Denton Trail. This design also reflects feedback about driveways and sidewalks that we received at the November 2022 open house.
Yes. As of June 2023, the roadway cross-section and footprint are considered to be mostly final. Small details, such as the placement of driveways, streetlights, and street trees may change based on conversations with property owners.
The project team has been coordinating with utility providers and the new design accommodates existing utilities as much as possible. Utilities that will be impacted by construction - including private utilities such as irrigation lines - will be relocated.
If you have questions about irrigation, contact Grants Pass Irrigation District at 541-476-2582.
The project will rebuild one driveway per property to provide street access. Some trees, fences, mailboxes, and other structures that are too close to the road will need to be removed (see the map inside for more information). If this is necessary, property owners will be contacted individually about specific impacts. By law, all property must be purchased at fair market value and property owners will have access to any information used in the appraisal process.
There are no plans to install a traffic signal as part of this project. A signal may be considered if traffic volumes increase in the future and would likely be funded by fees from new development.
The new road will use a slight curve and center medians to help reduce vehicle speed. These features allow space for bikes and larger vehicles but help slow down traffic because the road won’t feel as wide.
The current design only uses tree wells, landscaping on some medians, and water quality swales that are required by law. The City will be responsible for maintaining these new facilities.
The City of Grants Pass owns the road and will be coordinating with Josephine County and utilities to complete the project. The project is funded through state and federal grants with a local match that are administered by ODOT.
The project is funded from a combination of local and federal sources. The local cost is approximately $3.3M, with an additional $7.0M provided by state and federal sources.
If you have comments or questions about the project design, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Wade Elliott, Assistant Public Works Director, at 541-450-6110
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