The Oregon Department of Transportation improved safety on OR 217 by implementing a variety of signage and roadway enhancements. OR 217 currently experiences traffic congestion during peak commute times because of high-density traffic and crashes. The project focused on reducing crashes, helping to clear crashes quickly when they do occur, and giving motorists the ability to make informed travel decisions about traffic flow and roadway conditions. Since collisions on a busy highway can bring traffic to a halt, the improvements will also decrease crash-related congestion.
Construction on the improvements began January 2013 and were complete in summer 2014.
ODOT RealTime: Up-to-the-Moment Travel Information Signs
OR 217 is one of the first roads in Oregon to receive RealTime signs, part of an ODOT program that uses the latest information technology to keep everyone moving safely. The new signage includes:
Travel time signs, which will display estimated travel times to key destinations so that drivers can plan their arrival time or consider taking an alternate route.
Advisory speed signs, displaying advisory speed based on the traffic ahead. The advisory speeds will change as real-time conditions change. As congestion ahead increases, advised speeds will become slower. These signs will give drivers a heads up to slow down before they reach a problem area – helping reduce rear-end crashes and the congestion they cause.
Traveler information signs, which alert drivers about crashes, congestion, road conditions, closures and other traffic-related information, giving drivers the ability to make travel decisions in real time.
The ODOT RealTime signs have been installed throughout the OR 217 corridor and on key local streets. Frequent merging and exit patterns and high traffic volumes on OR 217 contribute to higher than normal crash rates and related delays. The RealTime signs are expected to improve traffic flow and reduce rear-end collisions, which should also decrease crash-related congestion.
The electronic displays on ODOT RealTime signs will only be on when there is important information to be shared or when traffic conditions merit slower speeds. If there are no incidents and traffic is flowing smoothly, the displays will not be lit. When in use, information on RealTime signs will be updated every 20 seconds, providing up-to-the-second information for motorists as conditions change.
|Additional improvements on OR 217|
In addition to the ODOT RealTime signs, ODOT has completed a number of roadway improvements on OR 217, including:
- Widening right shoulders on three sections of OR 217, which provides additional space to clear incidents from the highway and more room for emergency responders to navigate
- Repaving both directions of OR 217 from TV Highway to I-5 (the section of OR 217 from TV Highway to U.S. 26 was repaved in 2012)
- Upgrading the center median barrier, increasing the height by 10 inches
These improvements are expected to reduce crashes and help clear the crashes that do occur more quickly.
To report a sign that appears to be malfunctioning, call our ODOT's Traffic Operations center at 503-283-5859.