ROSEBURG, Ore. - The signs have been up for a couple weeks now changing the speed limit on I-5 near Roseburg from 65 to 60.
The change is in effect from mile marker 127 through 123. This is essentially from the Edenbower exit to the Fairgrounds.
Oregon State Police is now working hard to enforce the new speed limit. They said most of their stops right now will be warnings in order to educate people who might not be aware of the change. However, that doesn't mean drivers will be able to get away with unruly speeds.
The speed limit change came from a study from ODOT finding that this area had nearly double the amount of accidents than anywhere else on the I-5 corridor. This comes from the populated area in Roseburg as well as traffic from surrounding areas.
”We have a large population in the Green/Winston area. That commute to the Roseburg area either for school or for work…and so that adds up to several thousand vehicles per day at certain times of the day," said Lt. Steve Mitchell with Oregon State Police.
Troopers said the most vehicles are expected to be on the road this holiday season since 2005. That's a lot of travelers. So they've asked drivers to take these tips into consideration, especially with knowledge of the new speed limit.
-Pack your patience
-Also pack extra snacks and water
-Allot plenty of time for travel
-Don't expect to arrive anywhere on time
Oregon State Police will have extra troopers out on the holidays to make sure the roads stay safe.
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