This project will install centerline rumble strips on segments of three highways in ODOT’s Region 2, in a joint effort with the Federal Highway Administration to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury, head-on and roadway departure crashes.
Roadway departure crashes, where a vehicle crosses the centerline or median, runs-off-the-road (on the right or left), or hits a fixed object, account for 66% of all crash fatalities in Oregon.
Rumble strips are grooves in the pavement that create vibration and sound to alert motorists when they are leaving a lane.
Working with the FHWA, ODOT has determined that rumble strips can reduce by 20% the number of roadway departure fatalities on the targeted highway segments, making them a successful, low-cost countermeasure.
To learn more about roadway departure crashes and the effectiveness of rumble strips, read or print this tri-fold brochure by clicking on the image.
Construction is underway and will be completed by fall of 2014.
Unit 1 will include the following highway segments:
Unit 2 will include the following highway segments:
Construction will result in periodic, localized noise as the rumble strips are ground into the pavement by machinery.
Access to highways will not be affected; however motorists should anticipate temporary lane closures with flaggers controlling traffic, creating short delays.
Once installed, the centerline rumble strips are not expected to generate sound levels loud enough to greatly disturb nearby residences.
Studies have documented that rumble strips create about the same noise level 50 feet away as a garbage disposal, and a slightly higher noise level than a vacuum cleaner 100 feet away.
Rumble Strip Brochure
ODOT Roadway Departure Safety Implementation Plan
ODOT Rumble Strip Fact Sheet
Roadway Departure Injury Prevention Tips
Tips for Motorists
Ditch the distractions such as cell phones so you can focus on driving.
Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
Drive at cautious speeds, especially in rainy weather and in low-light areas.
Get rested before you are tested. Avoid being fatigued or drowsy, so you can arrive at your destination safely. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
Drive sober. Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
Tips for Driving Safely in Work Zones
The most important action drivers can take is to pay complete attention to the driving task, especially in the transition zone before the work area. An inattentive driver is the most common cause of work zone crashes. Drivers and their passengers — not workers — make up the majority of work zone fatalities.
Orange is your clue! Slow down when you see orange signs, cones, barrels and barricades. Speeding is the second most common cause of work zone crashes.
Double your following distance. Don’t tailgate.
Get in the correct lane well in advance.
Remember, work zone traffic lanes often are narrow, without shoulders or emergency lanes.
Be aware of temporary accesses on either side of the roadway.
Expect delays — plan for them and leave early so you can drive safely through the work zone.
Patience is vital! Be as courteous to other drivers as you’d like them to be to you.
Avoid work zones when you can by using an alternate route.
Know before you go! Call 511 or visit www.TripCheck.com to check routes, work zones and road and weather conditions before you head out.
Alan J. Fox, Project Leader
Phone: (503) 986-2681
Rick Little, ODOT Public Information Officer, (541) 726-2442