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ODOT to Remove Traffic Safety Designation on Stretch of Highway 11

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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Transportation will no longer designate a section of Highway 11 as the "Traffic Safety Corridor."

ODOT says the number of crashes and fatalities along OR Highway 11, located west of the Milton-Freewater city limits to the Washington state border, has significantly dropped over the past few years.

ODOT says as of June 5th, crews will take down the signs for the OR 11 Safety Corridor, and the doubled fines through the corridor will no longer be effective. 

ODOT wants to remind everyone however, that removing the safety corridor designation doesn't mean motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should no longer use extra caution along this section of the highway.

Since the Safety Corridor was designated in January 1995, crews have raised the median at Stateline Road, improved safety by limiting left turn movements, put in durable Striping, removed obstacles that limited intersection sight distance, and made improvements to access associated with sight re-development.

ODOT says all of these efforts have helped to reduce the fatalities and serious injuries in the safety corridor.