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Speed Zone Review Panel to meet June 19 in Salem


June 5, 2014

For more information: Kathi McConnell 503-986-3609, kathleen.e.mcconnell@odot.state.or.us or Shelley Snow, 503-986-3438, shelley.m.snow@odot.state.or.us

SALEM – The Oregon Speed Zone Review Panel will hold a hearing at 9 a.m. on Thurs., June 19 in the Alsea Conference Room of the ODOT Technical Leadership Center Building, 4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE in Salem. The panel will discuss the speed zoning on the Tualatin Valley Highway (Oregon 47) in the city of Forest Grove. The panel will also discuss a proposed change in the Oregon Administrative Rules for OAR 734-020-0011 concerning shortening a 55 mph speed limit section on Interstate 5 (Pacific Highway) in Jackson County.

In Oregon, decisions regarding speed zones are made jointly by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the authority governing the road, such as a city or a county. ODOT has the responsibility to investigate roads for establishing new speed zones or changing posted speeds of existing speed zones. ODOT performs these investigations at the request of the road authority.

If the recommended speed is of mutual agreement between ODOT and the local road authority, the speed zone is established. If mutual agreement cannot be reached, the speed zone decision is referred to the Speed Zone Review Panel. The panel receives testimony from the local road authority and interested parties and makes the final decision. The panel also serves as an advisory body to the department.

The Oregon Speed Zone Review Panel is comprised of representatives from the Governor’s Oregon Transportation Safety Committee, the Oregon State Police, the Association of Oregon Counties, the League of Oregon Cities, and ODOT.

The Oregon Speed Zone Review Panel meeting is open to the public. Accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please call (503) 986-3609 at least 48 hours in advance; TTY: 7-1-1.