Motorists traveling to the Oregon Coast will soon find the journey a little easier, a little quicker and much safer with the addition of a new passing lane on US 199 (Redwood Highway).
A one-mile passing lane will open later this month between existing passing lanes near Wilderville and Hayes Hill.
“Redwood Highway has a higher than normal crash rate for rural highways of its type,” said ODOT District Manager Jerry Marmon. “The addition of this passing lane will be another feature in making Redwood Highway safer, along with the added delineation, striping and guard rails of the past few years.
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio helped secure the majority of the federal funding for the $1.8 million project.
“Rep. DeFazio saw the need on Redwood Highway and we appreciate his support,” said Marmon.
During the summer, the number of vehicles traveling this route between the Oregon Coast and Interstate 5 increases significantly to nearly 12,000 vehicles a day. The increase is attributed to holiday travelers, many of whom travel in slower-moving recreational vehicles.