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I-84: Exit 216 Eastbound Off-ramp

Design Phase

Region 5: Eastern Oregon (Pendleton, Umatilla)

​​​​​​Install various traffic management devices to improve safety and traffic control in the event of I-84 closures in the Pendleton area and points east.


Meetings and Events

We held an in-person open house Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton.

Maps from the open house are available to view. Scroll to the bottom of the page, to Project Documents. (Please note that these maps are drafts only. Changes may be made before project goes to bid in 2023.)

  • ​Map 1: Map of project limits with locations of messaging signs and traffic control gates.
  • Map 2: Project details for Exit 224 (Poverty Flat Road) and OR 11, north of Exit 216.


​Design 2022-2023.

Goes to bid July 2023.

Construction 2023-2024.



Enlarged project map.​The purpose of this project is to improve employee safety and traffic circulation in the event of I-84 closures in the Pendleton area, or points east, due to inclement weather or emergencies. Existing signage and closure gates are inadequate.

Project elements include installation of messaging signs and traffic control gates.


I-84 |

​Mileposts 210.30 to 216.10.

Cost and Funding

​This project is estimated to cost $2.1 million.

What Problem Will This Improve?

​Employee and public safety is the main priority for this project. Other outcomes include more efficient interstate closures and openings, better traffic circulation in the area, and reduced congestion during closures.

The I-84 Exit 216 is a common location for freeway closure events not only due to local conditions, but also in response to closures further east since this is the last exit before the freeway becomes more remote and treacherous. During harsh winters, the interstate can be closed numerous times for extended periods.

When the interstate closes, ODOT employees are required to walk among traffic on the freeway to place cones and speak with drivers. Low light and low visibility make them vulnerable to traffic. Traffic often approaches the closure at the default freeway speeds between 55-70 mph as closures are applied. ODOT employees also position themselves at the top of the exit off-ramp to direct traffic to the truck stop to the north or a waiting area on Tokti Road to the south. Unfortunately, once a closure is in place the area quickly becomes overcrowded and roadside ODOT crews do not have the ability to effectively direct traffic to available parking.

Contacts & Media

Image of semi trucks lined up at Exit 216 east of Pendleton.

Project Contacts

Region 5 Community Affairs Specialist
Vicki L Moles

Region 5 Transportation Project Manager
Grant Matlock

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Last Updated

1/6/2023 11:13 AM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
21649-I-84-Exit216-Snapshot.pdfA brief overview of the project with costs and benefits. Feb. 2020
21649_I-84_Exit 216_IPOH_door hanger_092722.pdfDoor hanger announcing open house.
21649_I-84 Exit 216 Display ad for IPOH_092722.pdfInvitation to attend the in-person open house Dec. 6, 2022.
PU_K21649_Map_30X72.pdfMap 1: Map of project limits with locations of messaging signs and traffic control gates. (Map is still in draft form.)
PU_K21649_Map_11X17.pdfMap 2: Project details for Exit 224 (Poverty Flat Road) and OR 11, north of Exit 216. (Map is still in draft form.)