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Roadway departure crashes account for approximately
60 percent of all fatalities on Oregon roadways each year.
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:
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 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Some of the systems used are out of date; those which are non-compliant or substandard will be tagged for replacement or upgrade.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 has long recognized the connection between effective curve signing and reductions in roadway departure crashes.
The federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, 2009 edition, established new national standards for use of curve warning signs. ODOT began implementing sign revisions in 2016 to meet this requirement.
Rumble strips are produce an auditory and physical notification to a driver when the vehicle veers from the travel lane.
On many isolated and rural locations, stop signs are used to control traffic through major intersections. In these instances ODOT uses countermeasures such as:
While some signal upgrades are costly, several countermeasures are low cost and effective.
Due to the seriousness of injuries often sustained during pedestrian-vehicle collisions, safety countermeasures designed for pedestrian traffic are of particular significance.
As the volume of bicycle traffic increases, conflicts between motor vehicles and cyclists also increases. Some of the possible countermeasures available may require approval from FHWA.
Employing road diets generate benefits for all modes of transportation, not just pedestrian and bicycle traffic. In a traditional 4-to-3 road diet will:
In coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, ODOT updated its plan aimed at reducing roadway departures.
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