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Yaquina Bay Wind Warning System
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Yaquina
Yaquina Bay Bridge
Prior to the installation of this project, ODOT had a manual process for dealing with gusts and providing warnings to the public.  When gusts or sustained high winds were reported to ODOT, an employee went out to the site with a portable anemometer to verify the conditions, and if warranted displayed static warning signs on either end of the bridge.  The employee took a risk in crossing the bridge to reach the other sign to display warning signs.  Decisions to post advisories such as road closures were based on information that was not realtime.  Data was not collected on how many times a year advisories were broadcasted.
 
This project automated the process.  An anemometer was installed on the bridge, providing continuous input to a controller, which activates the signs upon winds reaching pre-set speeds.
The signs were installed at MP  141.27 (SB) and 142.08 (NB), giving drivers ample warning and also providing the opportunity to turn around via the loop road that runs underneath the bridge at either end.