Following up on the Roadway Departure Safety Action Plan developed during the spring of 2010, Oregon again partnered with FHWA in 2012 to develop a plan for reducing Intersection Crashes in Oregon. Intersection crashes account for approximately 15% of all fatalities in Oregon.
The plan developed by Oregon and FHWA focuses on reducing fatal and major injury crashes at intersections. In Oregon, an average of 72 fatalities at intersections occurs each year. Although this number is declining, this plan is geared towards reducing this number even more. In April of 2012, a meeting between ODOT and stakeholders was conducted to identify safety initiatives that could help reduce intersection fatalities in Oregon. Using cost effective strategies to apply both systemic improvements as well as hot spot improvements can be used to reach approximately a 13% reduction in intersection fatalities.
Intersections were identified by the FHWA study as having a potential for low cost, systemic improvements. Using the discussed countermeasures, a spreadsheet was created for each region, and county to help identify appropriate locations. Using these countermeasures Oregon can work towards reducing fatal and major injury causing crashes together.
A separate web page contains a listing of some Low-Cost Safety Countermeasures that can be implemented using a systematic approach. Some of these countermeasures support the Intersection Safety initiative while others focus on reducing roadway departure crashes.