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June 2012
 
ODOT Response  and analysis to the Butterfield Road to Neer City Road and Carlson Road to Lindberg Road Safety Audit
 
   

March 2012
 
ODOT Response to the Berg Road-Millard Road Safety Audit

 
January 2012 Meeting Materials
 
The next U.S. 30 Safety Working Group met Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Clatskanie River Inn at 600 East Columbia River Highway Clatskanie.
 
This meeting coverd the Roadside Safety Audit conducted along U.S. 30 south of Clatskanie.
 
Roadside Safety Audit Report


 
Roadside Safety Audit Appendix
 
Click the links below to view the presentations from ODOT's traffic engineering consultant Kittleson and Associates.
 
Rural Intersections and Traffic Signals
 

KOIN Looks at U.S. 30 
 
Carly Kennely with KOIN Local 6 takes a look at the safety concerns and proposed solutions along U.S. 30. Click here to view story about the recent Roadside Safety Audit conducted along U.S. 30 between Berg Road and Millard Road.
 
 

Roadside Safety Audit Underway
 
The Roadside Safety Audit team will begin studying U.S. 30 between Tide Creek Road and Neer City in November. This is the second of three safety audits slated for U.S. 30.
 
The team will share there results at the U.S. 30 Working Group Meeting Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clatskanie River Inn. 
 
Look below for more information about Roadside Safety Audits.

Safety Efforts Underway
ODOT and the U.S. 30 Safety Working Group have been busy since the January 2011 working group meeting. Learn more about the recent efforts underway to improve safety along a 56-mile stretch of U.S.
 
1.  ODOT completed a roadway safety audit along U.S. 30 between Berg Road and Millard Road. This is one of there Roadside Safety Audit segments along U.S. 30. The other segements to receive the audit include:  
            
            a.  Five mile segment near Goble (east of Rainier) between Tide Creek Road 
                 (milepost 36) to Neer City Road (milepost 41)
            b.  Three mile segment east of Clatskanie between Carlson Road (milepost 57) 
                 and Lindberg Road (milepost 60)
 
ODOT's priorities of the RSA's recommendations were presented at the Oct. 20 U.S. 30 Working Group Meeting.  Click here to see the presentation.
 
The findings from the Roadside Safey Audit between Berg and Millard Road were presented at the July 26 meeting. Click here to read the findings.
 
A Roadway Safety Audit is a tool used to evaluate roadway safety and identify opportunities for improvements. To view the presentation given at the Jan. 24, U.S. 30 Working Group Meeting click here. 
 
2.  U.S. 30 Pavement Markings and Reflectivity: ODOT reviewed and assessed the pavement striping and reflective marker conditions. ODOT maintenance crews have replaced striping and added reflective posts along U.S. 30 in the urban areas. As weather permits, we will continue this effort in the rural sections.  We are also planning to rumble strips for most of the 57 mile segment (shoulder and median).
 
3.  The Education Subcommitte is still working to to spread the word about safe driving behavior along U.S. 30.
 
In September, the Education Subcommitte focused on Back-to-School Safety. In October, the subcommitte will remind drivers to slow down on U.S. 30 especially with the rainy season upon us. Rain makes the highway slick making it harder for drivers to stop.
 
4.  Commissioner Fisher discussed the efforts of the US30 Safety Corridor Working Group with the county school superintendents.  There is support for this effort.  We are adding a student member to the Working Group.  At the request of Commissioner Fisher, we will be adding Kyle Sallee.  He will also participate on the education subcommittee.
 
5.  Work wraped up on a  project to widen Highway 30 east of the Clatskanie River Bridge to Van Street and repave the highway through Clatskanie will begin this spring.  The project added capacity and will improve safety by providing a median for traffic to make left turns and providing a left turn lane at Van Street. 

For more information: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/US30_vanstreet/index.shtml 
 
6. ODOT continues design on a project to repave US30 from Columbia City to the Tide Creek Bridge. This paving could take place in the summer of 2012 if construction funds are secured.  As part of this project, ODOT will install pavement markers and rumble strips.
 

Safety Corridors
Senator Betsy Johnson and Safety Working Group Member Terri Stofer Unveil the U.S. 30 Safey Corridor
U.S. 30 Safety Corridor Unveiling
 
Thank you to the several community and working group members who support and attended the U.S. 30 Safety Corridor unveiling Friday, March 3.
 
Click here to watch a video about the U.S. 30 Safety Corridor between Scappose and St. Helens.
 
U.S. 30 Road Safety: Corridor between Scappoose and St. Helens
 
ODOT traffic safety engineers have studied the crash problems along a 57-mile section of US 30 and have identified areas where crash rates are unusually high. While ODOT realizes there are larger safety projects needed throughout this stretch of U.S. 30, these safety projects will take time to plan and fund.
 
An initial step to improving safety on U.S. 30 is a Traffic Safety Corridor designation on a five-mile portion of the highway, between St. Helens and Scappoose. Designating a successful safety corridor involves community and public participation.
 
The U.S. 30 Safety Working Group includes Columbia County community members, who will consider a draft plan to implement the Traffic Safety Corridor. This is an initial measure, but will be part of a broad effort to reduce crashes on the highway.  
 
U.S. 30 Draft Safety Corridor Plan 
At the working group meeting in January, the group will decide to implement the safety corridor and the action plan for the first year. The plan is a ‘living document’ and the working group can update or improve the plan as needed.
 
In January, ODOT recieved public comment in writing and in testimony about the proposed Safety Corridor.
 
Understanding Safety Corridors and U.S. 30
 
A Traffic Safety Corridor designation means that ODOT and a local community are working together to increase safety on a section of road where crashes are at unacceptably high levels. For drivers, it means law enforcement is increased. But a Traffic Safety Corridor is really a much bigger effort at raising public awareness about the need for drivers to slow down and pay close attention as they travel.
 
Safety Corridor Guidelines
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/docs/Roadway/2006Safety_Corridor_Guidelines.pdf
 
Safety Corridor Brochure
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/images/WorkZone/SafetyCorridor1.pdf
 
Safety corridors are implemented primarily in rural areas with a high number or severity of crashes. While evaluating the crashes along U.S. 30 , ODOT found the section between Scappoose and St. Helens is the only section that qualifies for a safety corridor. This section meets the criteria for a safety corridor because there are two high-crash locations within this stretch and it is an area where speeding is a problem.
 
Safety corridors focus on the “four E’s”, engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services. Detailed information about the four E’s can be found in the Safety Corridor publications linked above.
 
Education:
Raise awareness of the safety issues in the area and educate drivers through the use of signs, billboards, brochures, public awareness campaigns, special events, and media. Involve the public and community to educate drivers.
 
Enforcement:
The Safety Corridor Program provides funding to law enforcement to increase patrols. Traffic fines double within the safety corridor. This is not a method to generate additional revenue; it tells violators we are serious about safety in this area.
 
Engineering:
The Safety Corridor Program requires a roadway engineering review annually. The review determines immediate engineering solutions to improve safety.
 
Emergency Medical Services:
Coordinate emergency medical services and accident notification. The Safety Corridor Program provides grant opportunities for emergency response.
 
Process to Implement the Safety Corridor Program on U.S. 30
The working group will need to agree to an overall safety corridor program and on a first-year action plan. The plan can be improved or updated by the working group at any time. Once the working group accepts the plan, they will set a date to implement the safety corridor.
 

Education Subcommittee
Education Sub Committe Meeting Notes

About the Education Subcommitte
 
One of the major components of improving the traffic safety on US 30 is an education plan that will lead to drivers and users of US 30 to be more aware of their responsibilities to be safe users of the roadway. ODOT, law enforcement, and physical improvements to the roadway can only do so much and these efforts will be of little use if the people who use the road do not behave with safety in the forefront of their actions. To that end the sub committee will explore ways to better assist, nudge, and expand the generals public awareness and practice of roadway safety.
 
The sub-committee should investigate a full array of options to educate the public ranging from drivers education courses, school curriculum, public service announcements, bill boards, public workshops and other notions. The sub-committee should also suggest means to fund any campaign they recommend. The sub-committee should have a report ready for the committee of the whole by June 1, 2011

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 Meeting Materials
 
U.S. 30 Working Group Agenda - Oct. 20, 2011 
 
U.S. 30 Roadside Safety Audit Presentation - ODOT's Priorities
Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 U.S. 30 Working Group Meeting
Meeting Materials
 
Agenda

Working Group Members

Safety Corridor Public Comments 

Roadway Safety Audit Materials
 
Cornelius Pass Roadway Safety Audit Agenda

Cornelius Pass Road Roadway Safety Audit 

Cornelius Pass Road Roadway Safety Audit Reccomendations 

Cornelius Pass Road Roadway Safety Audit Funding Matrix 

Mt. Hood Roadway Safety Audit Final
 

Dec. 6, 2010 Safety Working Group Meeting
 
Meeting Materials:
 
Agenda

 
Presentation

 
U.S. 30 Safety Opportunities Map

 
DRAFT U.S. 30 Safety Corridor Implementation Plan
 
 

News Releases

U.S. 30 Corridor Plans and Studies
Lower Columbia River Rail Corridor Rail Safey Audit - May 2009

Lower Columbia River Rail Corridor Rail Safety Audit Appendices


Overview
Following a continued series of crashes along U.S. 30 throughout Columbia County, ODOT conducted a review of the type, frequency, severity and location of crashes in the corridor. The findings indicated that U.S. 30, between Scappoose and St. Helens, has experienced 15 percent more crashes than other similar roadways in Oregon.
 
In response to these findings, ODOT will propose a Safety Corridor designation along U.S. 30 between Scappoose and St. Helens; conduct a road safety audit; and designate safety funds for one or more future safety projects.
 
A 17-member Safety Working Group, co-chaired by State Sen. Betsy Johnson and Columbia County Commissioner Earl Fisher, will provide input and perspective about transportation safety solutions along the highway between Cornelius Pass Road and the Columbia/Clatsop County line.
 
 
U.S. 30 Crash Data

ODOT Contact Information
 
Kimberly Dinwiddie, ODOT Community Affairs, 503-731-8281 or Kimberly.Dinwiddie@odot.state.or.us