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ODOT Overtime Grant Fund Putting Extra Patrols in Highway 730 Safety Corridor
02/12/2009
Sergeant Allan Muhs
Oregon State Police - Hermiston
Office: (541) 567-3215

 
Anne Holder, Program Manager
Roadway Safety, Work Zones
& Safety Corridors
Transportation Safety Division, ODOT
Office: (503) 986-4195

The Highway 730 Safety Corridor is one of six Safety Corridors selected by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to get renewed grant fund awards in 2009 helping Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers dedicate increased enforcement in the area.

Safety Corridor 
This year, ODOT grant funds will help OSP provide 955 hours of overtime traffic safety enforcement in Safety Corridors near Grants Pass, Central Point, Hermiston, Pendleton, Salem, and McMinnville. Last year, grant funds were awarded to provide nearly 305 hours of overtime enforcement in each of four different safety corridors. The allocated grant funds will be used by OSP troopers to dedicate 191 hours of overtime enforcement in the six mile stretch of the Highway 730 Safety Corridor between the east city limits of Irrigon (milepost 176.5) and the west city limits of Umatilla (milepost 182.5).

 
"We have seen a marked decrease in the number of traffic crashes on this stretch of road over the last year, for which some of the credit goes to the increased visible enforcement made possible by the overtime grant funding," said OSP Sergeant Allan Muhs.

 
According to Sergeant Muhs, the OSP Patrol Services Division supervisor at the Hermiston work site, local troopers working in the area continue to see an impact on traffic flow affected by increased patrolling. "Local residents and our troopers see safer overall driving within the safety corridor that is a direct result of the increased enforcement emphasis during the last couple years," said Sergeant Muhs.

 
In 2005, ODOT designated the six-mile stretch between Irrigon and Umatilla as a Safety Corridor. Last year, ODOT provided grant funding to work 299 overtime enforcement hours.
 
Traffic Safety Corridors are designated through a cooperative effort of concerned local citizens, legislators, state and local police, local public works agencies, emergency medical service representatives, stakeholders and ODOT representatives. Signs are placed on both ends of these safety corridors to inform travelers that they are entering these areas where traffic fines double where posted with double fine signs.

 
In addition to the Highway 730 Traffic Safety Corridor, other safety corridors selected to receive overtime enforcement grant funds are Highway 199 (7-mile stretch south of Grants Pass); Highway 99E (11-mile stretch between Salem and Woodburn); Highway 140 Lake of the Woods (18-mile stretch west of Klamath Falls); Highway 11 (4-mile stretch near Pendleton; and, Highway 18 (17.5 mile stretch west of McMinnville).

 
"Slow down, pay extra attention, and stay focused on the driving task at hand while driving in these safety corridors or on any highway," said Anne Holder, ODOT Transportation Safety Division, Statewide Roadway Safety Program Manager.