April 7, 2014
The following is from information released by Oregon Department of Transportation
“As of April 15, 2014, the signs for the U.S. 730 Safety Corridor running between the cities of Irrigon and Umatilla will be taken down and doubling of fines or any other penalties based on the safety corridor designation will no longer be in effect,” said ODOT Region 5 Traffic Safety Coordinator Patty McClure.
Since the Safety Corridor was designated in August 2003 the following has been accomplished: widening and extension of the 3-Lane section has been completed within the safety corridor; and, the Umatilla River Bridge received upgrades. Improvements to U.S. 730 and Powerline Road will begin in early 2015 to improve left turn storage, separate the left turn movement from through traffic and improve sight distance.
A review of traffic control devices (signing, striping, delineation, illumination) on the corridor for compliance with current standards will be completed by ODOT Region 5 Traffic Unit annually.
Oregon State Police Note: During the past several years, Oregon State Police troopers have worked hundreds of overtime hours exclusively directed to enforcement in the U.S. 730 and several other Safety Corridors.
Based on data for the last five years, the designated section of U.S. 730 no longer qualifies for the safety corridor program.
“This means that fatal and serious injury crashes for the last five years no longer exceed the statewide average for similar roadways,” McClure said.
Removal of the safety corridor designation does not mean motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should no longer use extra caution along this highway section.
“The route is being decommissioned”, McClure said. “However, local leaders, enforcement professionals, legislators and concerned citizens will maintain their vigilance in this area – we will continue to monitor crashes, patrol the highway, make road improvements, educate the public and encourage safe driving.