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Renewed ODOT Overtime Grant Funds Putting Extra Patrols in Highway 140 Lake of the Woods Safety Corridor
02/23/2009
Lieutenant Steve Nork
Oregon State Police – Klamath Falls
Office: (541) 883-5713
 

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

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The Highway 140 Lake of the Woods 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.

Highway 140 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 18-mile stretch of Safety Corridor highway between Rum Rye Road (milepost 29) and Odessa Creek (milepost 47).

 
"Of the approximately ninety traffic crashes that happened in this area between 2005 and 2007, nearly 75 percent involved a vehicle traveling off the highway and colliding with a tree or other fixed object" said OSP Lieutenant Steve Nork.

 
According to Lieutenant Nork, the OSP Patrol Services Division Area Commander at the Klamath Falls office, local troopers working in the area are seeing a positive impact of the increased patrolling. "This stretch is still above the state's crash rate average for this type of highway but we have come a long way due to enforcement efforts," said Nork.

 
During the last three years OSP troopers have worked nearly 900 hours of overtime enforcement in the State Route 140 Lake of the Woods 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.

 
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 730 (6-mile stretch between the city limits of Irrigon and Umatilla); 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.