|ODOT expected to start sign work in May posted on 05/02/2017|
Kimberly Dinwiddie, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Community Affairs, noted that work is expected to begin by mid May on the
RealTime signs project, with work wrapping on the infrastructure by December.
The project will add 13 variable message signs, including ten major sign
structures, six cameras and more than 20 sensors on Hwy. 26 and Hwy. 35 that
will offer up to the minute traffic information and advisories, including road
conditions and travel times between destinations.
The process for locating the signs and sensors including
utility companies and the U.S. Forest Service, with priorities including access
to power, locations that allowed drivers to make informed decisions and making
sure no protected scenic views were impacted.
The total cost for the project is approximately $4.5
The signs are not expected to be activated immediately after
work is complete, as testing will be needed to make sure sensors are working
Dinwiddie added that ODOT performed survey work in April,
needing to move and melt snow to make sure everything would go in the correct
ODOT activated a similar system around the interchange
between OR 217 and Hwy. 26 in July 2014 and found that after a year the number
of crashes decreased by 20.8 percent while average delay times decreased by ten
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By Garth Guibord/MT