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Traffic Safety Improvements Prompt Decommissioning of Safety Corridor along U.S. 730 Irrigon to Umatilla

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UMATILLA, OR – Due to a reduction in crashes and fatalities on U.S. Hwy. 730 the designated Traffic Safety Corridor between Irrigon and Umatilla will be decommissioned on April 15, 2014.

The highway section is located between Irrigon and Umatilla from mile points 176.6 – 182.6. Crash rates have significantly dropped over the past few years to a point where the safety corridor designation is no longer needed.

"As of April 15, 2014, the signs for the U.S. 730 Safety Corridor running between the cities of Irrigon and Umatilla will be taken down and doubling of fines or any other penalties based on the safety corridor designation will no longer be in effect," said ODOT Region 5 Traffic Safety Coordinator Patty McClure.

Since the Safety Corridor was designated in August 2003 the following has been accomplished: widening and extension of the 3-Lane section has been completed within the safety corridor; and the Umatilla River Bridge received upgrades. Improvements to U.S. 730 and Powerline Road will begin in early 2015 to improve left turn storage, separate the left turn movement from through traffic and improve sight distance.

A review of traffic control devices (signing, striping, delineation, illumination) on the corridor for compliance with current standards will be completed by ODOT Region 5 Traffic Unit annually.