Crashes continue on Hwy 217 ramp

A man was unhurt when his car rolled on the ramp from I-5 to Highway 217, May 8, 2014 (ODOT)
A man was unhurt when his car rolled on the ramp from I-5 to Highway 217, May 8, 2014 (ODOT)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Another crash happened late Thursday morning on the ramp from I-5 to Highway 217.

No one was hurt in the rollover. A fire truck happened to be in the area and helped the man out of the car.

It was the second incident of the day at that spot, and adds to the number of accidents on the ramp in recent days.

Monday morning, a driver slammed into the corner wall after taking the ramp too fast.

Don Hamilton with the Oregon Department of Transportation said they 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.”

The driver in the Thursday incident told KOIN 6 News he was likely going faster than the 35 mph advisory, but said he lost control when he hit the bridge joint metal connector between the concrete slabs.

Tigard police issued him a speeding ticket. He said the officer told him if he was driving the advised speed his accident would not have happened.

Whether this driver was speeding, ODOT is now taking a closer look at the problem.

“Certainly we want to find out all the elements of the bridge to make sure that all the parts are in proper condition,” Hamilton told KOIN 6 News Thursday.

The shoulder along the ramp is littered with debris, including broken tail lights and other car parts. The fencing is bowed and warped from past crashes. The barrier is scuffed and scraped.

When asked if they might do more than make a speed advisory on the ramp, Hamilton said, “We’re going to be looking at a little bit of everything in there to see what kind of tools are at our disposal.”

  • Spencer

    Don Hamilton obviously has no idea what he is talking about. I can’t believe someone can sound so nonchalant when talking about an incident that has greatly affected so many people’s lives, including mine. I was one of those people that crashed on that on ramp. What Don Hamilton said, and every other report I’ve heard, they have all conveniently “forgot” to mention, is that the Suggested Speed used to be 45 mph. That right there obviously shows that they knew something was wrong to begin with. Yet still nothing has been done for us; the people who really have something to lose. I find it almost like a slap in the face that people have to continue to suffer because the local government refuses to see this as a problem they have created (which is still a problem to this day) and instead point the finger at us “horrible” drivers. I was in fact going the suggested speed when my friends and I hit the metal connector going directly across the bridge and spun out of control into the median. Anyone with decent eyes and a brain in their skull can tell that a metal joint on a tight curve is probably not the best idea let alone the flaky construction job done by the contractor who got a “rare” bonus of a supposed $560,000 to finish the job early. I believe it’s crystal clear who is at fault here and I strongly urge anyone that reads this to please pass it on. Last time I checked there were 24 crashes in the last six weeks, so let’s help everyone out and hear the voice of the people!

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