ODOT asks drivers to be extra cautious in construction zones

ODOT Spokesperson Angela Beers-Seydel said they chose to do sectional closures on the Beltline Highway this year, because it's safer and more efficient.

Posted: Aug 19, 2018 6:46 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With all the construction projects going on all day and night this summer, the Oregon Department of Transportation is asking drivers to be extra cautious.

ODOT Spokesperson Angela Beers-Seydel said everything they do is for the safety of their workers and for the traveling public.

Beers-Seydel said they chose to do sectional closures on the Beltline Highway this year, because it's safer and more efficient.

She said this month, three contract flaggers were hit in three different jobs in the span in four days. She said two were hit in Oregon, and one in Washington.

"That's a lot of people whose lives are changed and unfortunately, one lost her life. We want everyone to get home safely," said Beers-Seydel.

She said this is the final weekend of sectional closures on the Beltline, but said they'll still be paving overnight. They're asking everyone to pay close attention.

For more information on local construction projects, click here.

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