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Grant Funds Help Troopers Target Traffic Safety Corridors on Highway 140W and Highway 101
01/20/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
 
Sally Ridenour
ODOT Public Affairs
Office: (503) 986-3359

 * Questions regarding the Highway Safety Corridor program may be directed to Anne Holder at (503) 986-4195.
* Questions for OSP regarding the Highway 140W Lake of the Woods Safety Corridor may be directed to Sergeant Robert Fenner at (541) 883-5713 ext. 226.
* Questions for OSP regarding the Highway 101 Depoe Bay – Newport Safety Corridor may be directed to Sergeant Justin McGladrey at (541) 265-5354.
 
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) has received grant funds from Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to increase enforcement efforts in two of the 12 statewide Highway Safety Corridors to help improve transportation safety and reduce traffic crashes in these areas.
 
Safety corridors are segments of the state highway system that have a local three year average fatal and serious injury crash rate that is at or above 110 percent of the statewide average for similar type of roadways. A Highway Safety Corridor designation involves a cooperative effort of concerned local citizens, legislators, state and local police, local public works agencies, emergency medical service representatives, and ODOT representatives.
 
"The partnerships involving police, ODOT, emergency medical services and local transportation safety groups and citizens are the foundation of this program to improving highway safety and helping save lives," said Anne Holder, ODOT Transportation Safety Division Roadway Safety Program Manager.
 
OSP received $39,704 in grant funding to provide nearly 800 hours of overtime enforcement between now and September 30, 2011 in the following two safety corridors:
  • Highway 140W Lake of the Woods, an 18 mile stretch between milepost 29 and 47 that will get 522 hours of overtime enforcement by OSP troopers
  • Highway 101 milepost 128 and 137, a nine mile stretch between Depoe Bay and Newport that will get 261 hours of overtime enforcement by OSP troopers
 
Since 1989 when the first safety corridor was designated on Highway 62 between Medford and Eagle Point, the Highway Safety Corridor program has helped improve safety and reduce crashes on several state roads. Six previously designated safety corridors have been decommissioned because of the successful multi-disciplinary approach blending education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical services.
 
Each safety corridor has signs placed on both ends to inform travelers that they are entering areas where they need to pay extra attention and be careful to obey all traffic laws. In some safety corridors, signs may be posted informing drivers that traffic fines double.
 
Common driving errors in safety corridors include speeding, following too close, unsafe passing, and distracted or drowsy driving. "The enhanced enforcement focuses on those driving behaviors that are factors in crashes occurring in these areas," said Captain Mike Dingeman, director of the OSP Patrol Services Division.
 
In addition to the increased enforcement efforts, safety corridors benefit from short term engineering improvements such as enhanced pavement striping, raised pavement markers, rumble strips and enhanced signage.
 
A map of Oregon's Highway Safety Corridors is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/docs/Roadway/safety_corridors_2010.pdf