Safety upgrades are on the horizon for the busy intersection of Oregon 62 and 140 in White City. According to ODOT District Manager Jerry Marmon, the $1.4 million safety project will begin construction in summer 2015.
“The Oregon 62-Oregon 140 intersection ranks high on our crash list,” said Marmon. “During 2007-2011, 30 crashes were reported with most being rear-end crashes. Turning crashes or failing to yield right of way were the next highest types of crashes.”
A lot of the work will be conducted at night to reduce traffic impacts. The safety project will add new traffic signals, signs and illumination as well as make pedestrian safety improvements throughout the intersection. Grinding work is necessary so that traffic signal loops can be replaced with cameras for demand-actuated traffic signals. The entire intersection will be repaved after the safety improvements are installed.
“We’ll also make improvements to the current shared though lane and left-turn lane for westbound traffic,” said Marmon. “And we’ll widen the east and west approaches to the intersection of Crater Lake Highway (Oregon 62) to accommodate dedicated left-turn, right-turn and through lanes.
“This intersection is a priority for us. We’re looking forward to this safety upgrade.”