Corvallis’ Most Notorious Speed Traps

radargunIn honor of getting 2017 off to a good start, we’ve compiled a list of Corvallis’ most notoriously patrolled streets. If you’ve got resolutions for the new year, forget about taking up Zumba or “finding the one,” and instead, focus on something you can actually control: not getting any more speeding tickets. We examined and surveyed user-created content on the web— message boards, social media and anonymous traffic-sharing sites— to find the worst places to speed in town; that is, according to angry locals. The seven following traffic-sting locations are listed in order of least to most notorious.

7. Between Philomath Boulevard and the Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Water Treatment Plant is situated on Research Way. This area has been heavily patrolled on and off over recent years. It’s often cop and radar-free, but is said to be referred to by the CPD as the “fishing hole” for officers to catch speeding drivers. No one knows where they’re hiding.

6. Up and Down Witham Hill
You’re screwed either way here. Whichever direction you’re headed on as you make it over the Witham hump, make sure to step on the brakes after you pass the peak and begin your descent. Officers are aware that drivers will gain speed coming down the hill, and will be waiting to cite them. Police on motorcycles often wait on the backside of Witham located close to the apartments on the top.

5. The Corner of Conifer and 99W
Many drivers are stopped for speeding here, while even more are given citations for crossing the double yellow lines. Between Highway 99 and Conifer House Assisted Living there’s a slow stretch heading west where cars, trucks and buses tend to line up. Once this line breaks, police go after drivers who react to the end of the wait by suddenly speeding up to get out of the stretch. Officers are said to lurk on the south side of Conifer by the railroad tracks.

4. Where West Hills Road Turns into Western
Patrol officers may be waiting in the parking lots of residents in this area, and though there aren’t many places where they can’t be seen, visibility isn’t great in the West Hills. Near Sunset Drive, the speed limit drops from 45 to 25 and drivers are urged to slow down as much as possible when driving downhill.

3. South Corvallis (In General)
South Corvallisites love to complain about the police force, and they’re not necessarily wrong to do so. Several drivers have described the entire area of South Corvallis as a massive speed trap in itself, perhaps due to the high number of officers patrolling from the Van Buren Bridge all the way down to Highway 99. Many people driving through deep South Corvallis run into issues as they’re going to and from downtown, while others have more trouble near the heavily monitored school zones. Approaching Corvallis from the South on Highway 99 or South 3rd Street is the worst, as the speed limit lowers from 55mph to 25mph over a space of only about 1.5 miles. This space contains a school zone, school buses and several crosswalks. Do yourself a favor and slow down at each juncture in between.

2. The Bridge Between Downtown and Southtown Corvallis
This danger zone goes both ways. When you’re driving from Downtown to Southtown via the Van Buren Bridge, or from Westbound Highway 34 (which turns into Harrison Boulevard) into downtown, watch out for cops monitoring the area on either side of the bridge. Coming into North from South Corvallis is worse due to the speed limit changing from 45 on Highway 34 to 25 as you hit the peak of the bridge. Police are said to park at a lot next to the on-ramp. The corner of 3rd and Harrison, which you’ll hit coming into downtown, is also one of the worst places in town for accidents, so drive with caution.

1. Walnut Near 9th Street
The worst area to speed in town seems to be on Walnut, passing two different schools and the road to the hospital before Walnut meets 9th. Motorcycle cops are said to park in the driveways of the homes on either side of the street. If you’re coming from the direction of the Timberhill area, you’re more likely to get a citation, because of a quick change in speed limits. Walnut’s speed limit is 35mph until Highland, and between Highland and 9th the speed quickly drops to 25mph as the area becomes a school zone. If you’re coming up the hill to Walnut from Crescent Valley, the speed limit rapidly drops from 45 to 35 and then to 25mph. Drivers are often ticketed in the early evening, so whether school is on or not, the 25mph area is heavily monitored.

Happy trails, and please drive safely in the New Year.

By Kiki Genoa

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5 thoughts on “Corvallis’ Most Notorious Speed Traps

  1. What is wrong with officers of the law enforcing the law? There is a very strong correlation with increased severity of injury and increased speed. Speed maims; speed kills. I’m at a loss for polite words to express my dismay at your reporting of our police officers as “lurkers.” I want them out there enforcing the law and yes, ticketing speeders.

  2. I am curious as to what Kiki Genoa means by a “quick change in speed limits”. Aside from that, the speed trap I got busted in in Grants Pass involved a 30mph sign hidden by a tree, followed by a 40 mph sign clearly visible, with a cop stationed in between. At least I haven’t seen anything like that here in Corvallis.

  3. If safety is the issue then they need to do a better job at notifying people about speed changes. Especially when school starts from Summer in the middle of the week. Anyone without kids wouldn’t know that. It’d be creepy if they did! But you’ll see motorcycle cops pull out, give a ticket, go back to hide, and immediately pull back out to give another ticket. That’s not about safety, they’re racking up ticket money.

  4. I just wish people would pay more attention when they drive. I see too many people with cellphones up to their face. And then shock when they realize I’m near them in my work vehicle.
    Which takes work- it’s a large yellow bus with flashy lights.
    And I do cheer when I see someone pulled over in a school zone. My cargo is priceless.

  5. Yep, southtown is very heavily monitored. As are many areas around Corvallis. But it’s necessary. Kept me from being a speed a-hole, for the most part.

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