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New advisory speed signs for Highway 217

 
Posted Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 @ 11am

ODOT has introduced a series of new signs along the OR 217 corridor aimed at improving safety, reducing secondary crashes and providing travelers with information to help them safely get to where they are going.

The OR 217 signs, which were switched on mid-morning Tuesday, are the second in a series of ODOT projects using new technologies to help drivers make safe decisions by providing real time information to travelers. The information will automatically update every minute.

 

The RealTime system on OR 217 includes:

Advisory speed signs, which display an advisory speed based on the traffic ahead. The advisory speeds will change as real-time conditions change. The signs will give drivers a heads-up to slow down before they reach a problem area, helping reduce rear-end crashes and the congestion they cause. As traffic slows, the signs will display a lower advised speed. The advised speed will continue to decrease the closer the driver approaches the backup. When traffic is flowing normally, the signs will be off.

Traveler information signs, which alert drivers to crashes, congestion, road conditions, closures and other traffic-related information, giving drivers the ability to make travel decisions in real time. The signs will tell you where the backup begins verses the location of the crash that is causing the backup.

Travel time signs, which display estimated travel times to key destinations so that drivers can plan their arrival time or consider an alternate route.

"The cost to add lanes to 217 ranges from $800 million to $1 billion dollars," said Representative Mitch Greenlick. "We simply don't have that kind of money in the state. RealTime implements lower cost alternatives to provide greater travel reliability in the near-term."

ODOT RealTime helps reduce crashes

National studies show that advisory speed signs have reduced overall crashes by 20 percent, reduced rear-end collisions by 30 percent and reduced secondary rashes by 40 percent.

Secondary crashes cause serious injuries, costly car repairs, costly medical insurance co-pays and lost time at work and with family.

Over 270 crashes occur on OR 217 every year, that's one crash every other day. Over 70 percent of those crashes are rear-end crashes.

"There will be fewer crashes if drivers follow advisory speeds and slow down when the ODOT RealTime system activates", said Jason Tell, ODOT's Region 1 manager.

The OR 217 information will appear on seven full-color, 30-foot wide, LED signs, four in the southbound lanes and three in the northbound lanes.

Highway information will also appear on five smaller signs on roads leading to OR 217, including OR 99W, Barnes Road and Kruse Way. These messages will help motorists decide whether to take an alternate route before entering OR 217.

The OR 217 corridor in Washington County, with its high-density traffic, changing grades and blind curves, sees a high number of crashes and secondary crashes that result in injuries and increased delays.

See ODOT's video on the RealTime projects at ODOT has introduced a series of new signs along the OR 217 corridor aimed at improving safety, reducing secondary crashes and providing travelers with information to help them safely get to where they are going.

The OR 217 signs, which were switched on mid-morning Tuesday, are the second in a series of ODOT projects using new technologies to help drivers make safe decisions by providing real time information to travelers. The information will automatically update every minute.

The RealTime system on OR 217 includes:

Advisory speed signs, which display an advisory speed based on the traffic ahead. The advisory speeds will change as real-time conditions change. The signs will give drivers a heads-up to slow down before they reach a problem area, helping reduce rear-end crashes and the congestion they cause. As traffic slows, the signs will display a lower advised speed. The advised speed will continue to decrease the closer the driver approaches the backup. When traffic is flowing normally, the signs will be off.

Traveler information signs, which alert drivers to crashes, congestion, road conditions, closures and other traffic-related information, giving drivers the ability to make travel decisions in real time. The signs will tell you where the backup begins verses the location of the crash that is causing the backup.

Travel time signs, which display estimated travel times to key destinations so that drivers can plan their arrival time or consider an alternate route.

"The cost to add lanes to 217 ranges from $800 million to $1 billion dollars," said Representative Mitch Greenlick. "We simply don't have that kind of money in the state. RealTime implements lower cost alternatives to provide greater travel reliability in the near-term."

ODOT RealTime helps reduce crashes

National studies show that advisory speed signs have reduced overall crashes by 20 percent, reduced rear-end collisions by 30 percent and reduced secondary rashes by 40 percent.

Secondary crashes cause serious injuries, costly car repairs, costly medical insurance co-pays and lost time at work and with family.

Over 270 crashes occur on OR 217 every year, that's one crash every other day. Over 70 percent of those crashes are rear-end crashes.

"There will be fewer crashes if drivers follow advisory speeds and slow down when the ODOT RealTime system activates", said Jason Tell, ODOT's Region 1 manager.

The OR 217 information will appear on seven full-color, 30-foot wide, LED signs, four in the southbound lanes and three in the northbound lanes.

Highway information will also appear on five smaller signs on roads leading to OR 217, including OR 99W, Barnes Road and Kruse Way. These messages will help motorists decide whether to take an alternate route before entering OR 217.

The OR 217 corridor in Washington County, with its high-density traffic, changing grades and blind curves, sees a high number of crashes and secondary crashes that result in injuries and increased delays.

For more information, go to www.tripcheck.com/realtime

 

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