ODOT checking ramp from I-5 to Hwy 217

The ramp from I-5 to Highway 217 in Tigard, May 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
The ramp from I-5 to Highway 217 in Tigard, May 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN 6) — ODOT engineers are close to identifying what may be the reason for an increased number of accidents on the ramp from I-5 to Highway 217.

ODOT spokesperson Don Hamilton told KOIN 6 News they’re looking “to see if the road, conditions, the friction is correct. We’re looking at a lot of different elements that may be at issue here.”

They’re working as quickly as possible, he said, but this kind of inspection takes a lot of time.

Inside the ODOT office in Portland, May 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Inside the ODOT office in Portland, May 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

It’s also unclear if these crashes are weather related. Tigard police said most of the crashed they respond to at that spot are speed related.

“This is a bridge where motorists are coming off a 55 mile-an-hour Interstate highway onto a 35 mile-per-hour ramp, and there is a difficult step for a lot of people in transitions,” Hamilton said. “It’s a steep curve, it’s a sharp curve and when it’s wet, it’s got a lot of particular issues in there. We’re trying to find out just extactly what’s changed in the last couple of weeks on there.”

Hamilton said he hopes the report is finished soon, and re-iterated ODOT’s committment to keeping motorists safe.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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