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Interstate 5 Northbound: Grants Pass to Roseburg

Interstate 5 continues its northward journey through the shadows of the Coast Ranges and the Cascade Range north from Grants Pass to Roseburg. The freeway features many twists and turns through the mountain valleys.

Interstate 5 & Oregon 99 north
Interstate 5 heads north from the Merlin vicinity (Exit 61) through northeastern Josephine County. Pictured here is the freeway's rise toward Sexton Mountain Pass. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Monument Drive intersects Interstate 5 before its ascend toward Sexton Mountain Pass. Monument Drive constitutes the old alignment of U.S. 99 between Exit 61 and Exit 66 west of the freeway. Oxyoke Road stems north from the road to the settlement of Hugo to the northwest. Hugo, formerly named "Gravel Pit", was established as a flag station along the Oregon and California Railroad in 1883. A post office commenced operations at the site in 1895. Hugo derives its name from a long time farmer of the time named Hugo Garbers. The area was known for its cherry harvests through the 20th century. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Northbound at the Exit 66 diamond interchange with Monument Drive. Jumpoff Joe Creek Road stems east from the interchange. Old U.S. 99 spurs north alongside the freeway to Sexton Mountain Pass. Jumpoff Joe Creek derives its names from an event in 1828. A local trapping party camped along the creek when member Joe Mcloughlin arrived after dark and fell from a cliff nearby. Mcloughlin received severe injuries from the fall and the moment later became the name of the adjacent waterway. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Continuing northbound on Interstate 5 at the Monument Drive over crossing. A mileage sign lists the distances to Sunny Valley, the next community of interest, Roseburg, and Portland. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 climbs to 1,960 feet to Sexton Mountain Pass. Travelers are advised to slow to 50 mph to navigate the curved portions of the freeway through this stretch. See ODOT's TripCheck page for traffic cams of Sexton Summit and weather conditions. Photos taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 lowers from Sexton Summit to Sunny Valley and Exit 71. Meeting the freeway ahead is Lariet Drive from the west and the Sunny Valley Loop from the east. Despite its surroundings by mountains, the sun always shines on the meadows and creeks below, hence the name Sunny Valley. The site is home to the Grave Creek Covered Bridge, the only such span visible along the entire length of Interstate 5, and the Applegate Wagon Trail Museum. Photos taken 03/31/05.
Leaving Sunny Valley, Interstate 5 again climbs, this time to the Smith Hill Summit (elevation 1,730 feet). The freeway reaches the Wolf Creek area at the split-diamond interchange of Exit 76. Old U.S. 99 loops through the nearby settlement from Interstate 5. Coyote Creek Road enters the scene from King Mountain (el. 5,265 feet) to the east. Photo taken 03/31/05.

Coyote Creek Road comes into view at the Exit 76 off-ramp to Old U.S. 99 north and Wolf Creek. Old U.S. 99 joins Interstate 5 with Front Street / Lower Wolf Creek Road at Wolf Creek itself. Use Exit 76 for the historic Wolf Creek Inn and Wolf Creek Park. Founded in 1872 by Henry Smith, Wolf Creek grew as a lumber and supply center for the Wolf Creek and Coyote Creek mines. The Oregon and California Railroad built a station at the settlement. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Old U.S. 99 returns to the freeway via the Exit 78 half-diamond interchange at Speaker Road. From there Interstate 5 climbs to a height of 1,830 feet through Stage Road Pass. Glendale Valley and Junction Roads meet the freeway east of Glendale at Exit 80. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 enters Douglas County ahead of the Exit 80 folded-diamond interchange with Junction Road north and Glendale Valley Road west. Glendale Valley Road heads west 2.5 miles to Sether Avenue in the city of Glendale. Junction Road ventures north to County Road 12 (Old Pacific Highway) at Glendale Junction. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 curves eastward from the Glendale area to Quines Creek and Azalea in southern Douglas County. A rest area resides along the stretch between Exits 80 and 83 (Barton Road). Photos taken 03/31/05.
0.75 miles west of the Exit 83 diamond interchange with Barton Road. Barton Road stems south from Old U.S. 99 (County Road 12) three miles to Murphy Road and King Mountain. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Exit 83 leaves Interstate 5 northbound for Barton Road. Ranchero Road begins as an northbound side frontage road from Barton Road east to Quines Creek Road (Exit 83). Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 north and the parallel Ranchero Road travel to within one mile of Quines Creek Road. Quines Creek Road travels south from the Old Pacific Highway to Ranchero and Eakin Roads at Interstate 5, and from there southeast to Murphy Road and King Mountain. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Northbound at the Exit 86 diamond interchange with Quines Creek Road. The settlement of Quines Creek resides nearby along Eakin Road. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Old U.S. 99 (Old Pacific Highway) reunites with Interstate 5 again at Upper Cow Creek Road, Mobley Drive, and Creek Road (Exit 88). Upper Cow Creek Road heads east from Exit 88 to the settlement of Azalea and Galesville Reservoir. Creek Road and Mobley Drive comprise local frontage roads for the freeway. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 resumes a northern trajectory between Azalea and Canyonville. The freeway elevates to 2,015 feet at Canyon Creek Pass ahead of the Mexia and Richie Roads diamond interchange of Exit 95. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Oregon 99 emerges from its silent merge with Interstate 5 at the Exit 98 split-diamond interchange in Canyonville. Former U.S. 99, and now former Oregon 99, departs the freeway onto 5th Street for Main Street through downtown only to return at Exit 99. The state highway acted as a business loop for Interstate 5 and the connector to former Oregon 227 (3rd Street / Tiller Trail Highway) east. Oregon 227 originally traveled 8 miles east to Days Creek and 49 miles to junction Oregon 62 at Trail. The route now tallies just 11.62 miles between Oregon 62 at Trail and the Douglas County line. Photo taken 03/31/05.
The guide sign at the Exit 98 off-ramp omits Oregon 99 (5th Street). Main Street (former Oregon 99) intersects the west end of old Oregon 227 (3rd Street) and Canyonville Riddle Road (1st Street) close by. Canyonville Riddle Road travels west five miles to the town of Riddle. Canyonville began as a stop along the historic Scott-Applegate Trail and later as a ferry crossing settlement named Kenyonville. Jesse Roberts platted the town site in 1858 and named it Canyonville after the nearby Canyon Creek Canyon. The city lies at 747 feet above sea level, a good 1,300 feet below the Canyon Creek headwaters. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Oregon 99 followed Main Street north from downtown Canyonville alongside Interstate 5 north. The state highway merged back onto the freeway at the Exit 99 diamond interchange. Old U.S. 99 continues parallel to the freeway via the Tiller Trail Highway west to Yokum Road (Exit 101). Photo taken 03/31/05.
Exit 99 departs Interstate 5 northbound onto the adjacent Main Street at north Canyonville. Main Street intersects Gazley Bridge Road and Creekside Road at the freeway interchange. Old U.S. 99 continues the frontage road north to Charles V. Stanton Park. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Tiller Trail Highway (Old U.S. 99) ends at the Exit 101 diamond interchange with Yokum Road. Yokum Road stems west from Interstate 5 2.8 miles to 1st Avenue in Riddle. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 rounds a bend between Exit 101 and the Exit 102 diamond interchange with Gazely Road. Gazely Road ventures east from Lawson Bar Road at Interstate 5 to Surprise Valley. The road continues east from there to Gazley Bridge Road north of Canyonville and points east. Photo taken 03/31/05.
A detailed diagrammatical guide sign outlines the former Oregon 99 loop into Tri City and Myrtle Creek between Exits 103 and 108. The state highway departed from its silent merge with Interstate 5 at the Exit 103 partial-cloverleaf interchange onto Glenmore Street and the Myrtle Highway through Tri City. Riddle Bypass Road ties into the exit from the west. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Next in line for northbound travelers is the Exit 106 diamond interchange for Weaver Road. Weaver Road stems north from the Riddle Bypass and Pruner Roads intersection alongside the Southern Pacific Railroad to Weaver and Interstate 5. Aviation Drive leads south from the interchange to Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 parallels the South Umpqua River closely between the airport and city of Myrtle Creek. Former Oregon 99 (Main Street) returns to the freeway at the Exit 108 trumpet interchange west of downtown Myrtle Creek. Founded in 1893, Myrtle Creek is home to an estimated 3,480 residents. Interstate 5 continues alongside the South Umpqua River north to Exit 113. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 northbound next meets Boomer Hill Road at the Exit 110 diamond interchange. Boomer Hill Road ends at Booth Ranch Road and Exit 110 alongside the South Umpqua River. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Oregon 99 emerges again from Interstate 5 at the Exit 112 folded-diamond interchange with the Dillard Highway. Oregon 99 follows the Dillard Highway northwest 8.3 miles through Dillard to junction Oregon 42 (Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway) at Winston. Travelers bound for the Oregon coastline via Oregon 42 west should take Oregon 99 north at Exit 112 in lieu of the Oregon 42 eastern terminus at Exit 119. Oregon 42 (Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway) continues west from Winston 71 miles across the Coast Ranges to junction U.S. 101 south of Coos Bay. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Exit 113 comprises a diamond interchange between Interstate 5 and Clarks Branch Road. Clarks Branch Road travels east from Dole Road into the nearby mountains. Dole Road parallels the freeway northward to Roberts Mountain Road and Round Prairie. Photo taken 03/31/05.
A look at the one-mile guide sign for Exit 119 (Oregon 42 west & Oregon 99 south). Oregon 42 follows most of the Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway west from Exit 119 to U.S. 101 near the Pacific Ocean. The Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway follows old U.S. 99 south from downtown Roseburg to join with Oregon 42 just west of Exit 119. Oregon 42 west & 99 south overlap 3.3 miles west to Winston. Oregon 99 northbound briefly joins Interstate 5 between Exits 119 and 120. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 north
Upcoming exit sign listing the three south Roseburg interchanges of Interstate 5 north. Old U.S. 99 (Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway) meets the freeway at Carnes Road and the Exit 120 folded-diamond interchange. Oregon 99 departs Interstate 5 there for the northward drive into downtown Roseburg. Interstate 5 crosses the Umpqua River north of Exit 120 and stays west of the river through to Exit 124. Oregon 99 meanwhile travels alongside the river to the one-way street couplet of Stephens Street (north) and Pine Street (south) through downtown Roseburg. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Exit 121 departs Interstate 5 northbound onto an adjacent frontage road ahead of its intersection with McLain Avenue south of Roseburg. McLain Avenue links the freeway with Roseburg Landfill Road and Chewaucan Lane west of Interstate 5. Photo taken 03/31/05.
The Exit 123 diamond interchange with Portland Avenue serves the Douglas County Fairgrounds and Umpqua Park between Interstate 5 and the Umpqua river. Heritage Way and Corvallis Avenue tie into the interchange from the west. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 approaches the Roseburg city limits one mile south of the Exit 124 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Oregon 138 (Harvard Boulevard). Oregon 138 provides a direct route into downtown Roseburg via its one-way street couplet of Oak Street (east) and Washington Street (west). The state highway crosses a pair of bridges over the Umpqua River east of the Madrone Street traffic light adjacent to Interstate 5. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Now within the city of Roseburg, Exit 124 leaves Interstate 5 northbound for Oregon 138 (Harvard Boulevard) east. Harvard Boulevard comprises and east-west arterial between Lookingglass Road and Madrone Street in west Roseburg. Oregon 138 meanwhile merges with Oregon 99 along Stephens Street north out of downtown to Diamond Lake Boulevard. The state highway continues east of Roseburg 71 miles to Diamond Lake on an Oregon Scenic Byway. Photo taken 03/31/05.
Interstate 5 north & Oregon 138 west
Oregon 138 westbound merges onto Interstate 5 north for a 12-mile overlap to Sutherlin. The tandem first meet Garden Valley Boulevard north of the Umpqua River in north Roseburg. Garden Valley Boulevard meets the freeway at the Exit 125 six-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange midway between Oregon 99 (Stephens Street) and Stewart Parkway. Garden Valley Road splits with Melrose Road west of Roseburg. The city of Roseburg began as a claim purchased by New Yorker Aaron Rose. Rose traveled west over the Applegate Trail and platted a town site in 1850. The settlement began as stop along the Oregon-California Trail, officially garnering its name of Roseburg in 1857. Incorporation followed in 1872, coinciding with the arrival of the O&C Railroad and growth of the local agricultural industry. Expansion of the city continued through the 20th century as Roseburg claimed itself as an economic center for the timber industry. 2.8 million acres of commercial forest lands surround Roseburg throughout Douglas County today, helping to maintain the timber industry in town. Photo taken 04/01/05.
Continuing through north Roseburg to Exit 127 (Edenbower Boulevard) on Interstate 5 north & Oregon 138 west. Edenbower Boulevard arcs north of the Roseburg Regional Airport between Broad Street and Oregon 99 (Stephens Street). Broad Street parallels Interstate 5 southward to Stewart Parkway. Photo taken 04/01/05.



Photo Credits:
2005-03-31, 2005-04-01 by AARoads

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Page Updated 11-11-2005.

 
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