A contractor for ODOT started construction in January 2013 on a project to make operational and safety improvements along OR 217. OR 217 experiences daily traffic congestion and delays during peak commute times because of high‐density traffic and crashes. The improvements are expected to reduce crashes and help clear the crashes that do occur more quickly. Reducing crashes also decreases the congestion that results. Work will be complete in January 2014.
Project elements include:
♦ Widen right shoulders on three sections of OR 217 (see map). Widening shoulders provides additional space to clear incidents from the highway more quickly and room for emergency responders to navigate.
♦ Improve signage in the OR 217 corridor, including traveler information signs on OR 217, Barnes Road, Kruse Way and OR 99W. The new signs make the road safer by providing real‐time information to drivers so they can adjust their driving to conditions, and avoid crashes. Fewer crashes lead to less congestion, fewer injuries and costly car repairs for drivers.
♦ Pave both directions of OR 217 from TV Highway to I-5 (the section of OR 217 from TV Highway to U.S. 26 was recently paved in 2012 in a separate project)
♦ Upgrade center median barrier, increasing the height 10 inches
Throughout the project, there will be intermittent daytime shoulder closures and intermittent nighttime lane and ramp closures on OR 217. There also will be some full nighttime closures of segments of the highway while placing new sign structures and paving. Detours will be fully signed. Road users should expect short delays and increased congestion in this area during this project. Please drive carefully through the construction zone.
Traffic volumes are too high on OR 217 for lane closures during the day. Any work requiring lane closures, which is the majority of construction, will take place at night. ODOT has obtained noise variances from the jurisdictions involved for the nighttime work. A 24‐hour noise hotline is available to call all hours if a noise concern arise. That number is 503‐646‐0231.
♦ Visit www.tripcheck.com
or call 511 for current traffic conditions and impacts
♦ Call the noise and construction 24‐hour hotline: 503‐646‐0231
♦ For more information, contact Lili Boicourt, ODOT Community Affairs
PH: 503‐731‐8247; Email: Lili.D.Boicourt@odot.state.or.us