‘Advisory speeds are there for a reason’

Drivers exit from I-5 toward Highway 217, May 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Drivers exit from I-5 toward Highway 217, May 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When drivers on I-5 exit at 292-A toward Highway 217, a left turn sneaks up in a hurry. The advisory speed drops to 35 mph at that point.

“It’s trouble when they think they can go fast,” said ODOT’s Don Hamilton. “Those advisory speeds are there for a reason.”

Several accidents happened on that northbound ramp the past few weeks. Monday morning, a driver slammed into the corner wall after taking the ramp too fast.

Hamilton said ODOT noticed the problem.

“At 35 miles an hour, anybody driving along there should not have a problem along in there,” he said. “”If motorists followed the advisory speed in that area there would be a lot fewer problems in there.”

Drivers exit from I-5 toward Highway 217, May 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Drivers exit from I-5 toward Highway 217, May 6, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

This isn’t a new spot. The I-5 flyover ramp opened to traffic in 2001 and cost $38 million. It was repaved four years ago.

Though the advisory speed and warning arrows are already clearly visible, ODOT is working to determine if more or better signs are needed to alert motorists.

“We’re in the process right now of taking a look in there to find out what kind of steps we can take to make sure motorists are more aware of the dangers in this area.”

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