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ODOT releases funds for added Highway 30 patrols

The Oregon Department of transportation announced Tuesday, March 22 that it had allocated cash for overtime Oregon State Police patrols to occur in the newly designated Highway 30 safety corridor.

ODOT is providing $16,568 in grants for overtime OSP patrols between now and Sept. 30.

The state transportation agency, following the direction of a Highway 30 safety work group, on March 4 dedicated a five-mile safety corridor between Scappoose-Vernonia Road in the south to Achilles Road in St. Helens to the north.

The road segment became eligible under ODOT rules for a safety corridor designation because the three-year fatal and serious crash rate is at or above 110 percent of the state average for similar roadways. It is one of 13 safety corridors in the state.

The workgroup also identified three Highway 30 problem spots that will undergo safety audits, likely conducted by independent consultants, in an effort to figure outs why deadly crashes are on the rise at those locations and propose solutions.

Tickets for traffic violations occurring within the safety corridor will not be assessed at double the typical fine, as occurs at some other safety corridors in the state.

The safety corridor has additionally been outfitted with signs designating it as such, and will ultimately have engineering improvements such as enhanced pavement striping, raised pavement markers and rumble strips.