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Highway 6 mitigations continue


Popular roadway from Washington County to the coast improves

Improvements continue to come to a deadly stretch of the Wilson River Highway (Highway 6).

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) just finished installing center and shoulder rumble strips along 11 miles of the highway in Washington County, designed to reduce accidents caused by drivers veering off the road or over the center line — which account for about 66 percent of accident fatalities.

The stretch from mileposts 45 to 30 is especially hazardous due to speeding drivers combined with winding curves, more-extreme weather conditions and dense trees that decrease visibility, according to ODOT’s Amanda Sayler.

Now ODOT and the Oregon Department of Forestry are teaming up to remove trees infected with laminated root rot, a common fungal disease in Douglas Fir forests in western Oregon.

The trees will be removed west of Banks on Highway 6 between mileposts 33 to 36.

The removal, which complies with the Forest Practices Act, will keep the roadway safe from falling trees and limbs, and the areas will be replanted with varieties resistant or tolerant to root rot.