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Roadway Departure Safety

Roadway departure crashes account for approximately 66 percent of all fatalities on Oregon roadways.

In coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, the Oregon Department of Transportation developed a plan aimed at reducing roadway departures in 2010. Through analysis of crash data, ODOT identified:

  • Locations with higher than expected crash rates to focus its efforts and begin implementation.
  • Specific countermeasures to address each site individually.

After the implementation of this initial effort, we have continued to evaluate Oregon highways for opportunities to integrate additional safety countermeasures to lessen fatal and serious injury crashes statewide.

Roadside Barriers

Roadside safety includes multiple areas of concern; among those are roadside barriers. Oregon has more than 2,500 miles of roadside barriers in place.

Some of the systems used are out of date; those which are non-compliant or substandard will be tagged for replacement or upgrade.


ODOT uses the following methods to increase safe travel on Oregon highways. Each method is intended to address specific safety concerns and is a low cost way for ODOT to systematically support its goal of reducing fatal and serious injury accidents.

Oregon Roadway Departure Safety Implementation Plan

In coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, ODOT updated its plan aimed at reducing roadway departures.

Contact the Traffic Engineering Unit

4040 Fairview Industrial Drive, MS 5
Salem, Oregon 97302
Phone: 503-986-3568
Fax: 503-986-4063

Program Contacts


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