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ODOT makes improvements to Highway 34

After numerous accidents and multiple fatalities, ODOT is trying to make Highway 34 safer.

Posted: Jan 23, 2018 3:53 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2018 4:58 PM

TANGENT, Ore., -- The Oregon Department of Transportation is starting a new safety project designed to improve Highway 34. 

The improvements will be made to the stretch of road between Hinck Road and Denny School Road.

From 2011 to 2016, there were 23 accidents in this area, and seven of them resulted in serious injuries and fatalities, according to ODOT.

Angela Beers Seydel, the public information officer for ODOT, said crews will begin to work this week. For the first part of the project, they plan to add a three-mile long, concrete barrier between Hinck Road and Tangent Loop Road. Throughout the next few months, they also plan to restrict some of the turn lanes, and add more signs, lights and stripping on the road. 

The project will cost a total of $3,000,000. In 2015, the Oregon Legislature set aside funding for the project. Seydel said she hopes this project will improve the safety of drivers. 

"This [project] is happening because there has been so many crossover crashes on Oregon 34," Seydel said. "This has been an area we have been paying attention to for some time and we wanted to find ways to help get people where they are going safely." 

In the meantime, Seydel wants to warn drivers. She said to watch out for crews who will be working on the road around the clock. ODOT expects to complete the project by this summer.

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