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ODOT seeks input on upgrades to I-5 in Roseburg amid increase in crashes

Officials said they did a study on the bottleneck between Exit 119 and Exit 129 in Roseburg, and realized there was a high rate of crashes in recent years.

Posted: May 28, 2021 3:53 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Transportation is looking to make improvements on Interstate 5 in Roseburg in hopes of avoiding major traffic congestion in the future.

Officials said they did a study on the bottleneck between Exit 119 and Exit 129 in Roseburg and realized there was a high rate of crashes in recent years.

They hope to complete seven projects in the next five to 10 years, including widening lanes, reconstructing exits and adding ramp meters. Officals said they want to make these improvements before things get worse.

“What happens is the volume of traffic that’s on I-5 on that segment is higher than capacity,” said Thomas Guevara Jr., senior transportation planner for ODOT. “So vehicles that are merging, diverging on an off ramp interrupt the flow of traffic on the main lines.”

ODOT is working to get state and federal funding for these projects, but they hope to get input from the community first.

You can leave comments on their website here.

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