The Oregon Department of Transportation announced a change in speed limits on OR 99W and Third Street in South Corvallis effective Tuesday, February 18. According to an ODOT announcement, the change is intended to “improve safety for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists who use the road together.”
ODOT also announced plans to post signs reflecting the new speed limit throughout the day on Tuesday.
Here are the Changes as Announced by ODOT:
On the two-way section of OR 99W/Third Street, the new speed limits from north to south: 25 mph (no change)
From the South end of the one-way couplet (milepost 84.31) at Mary’s River to 100 feet south of Avery Ave. (milepost 84.51): 25 mph (a decrease from 35 mph)
From 100 feet south of Avery Ave. (milepost 84.51) to 150 feet south of Hopkins Ave (milepost 84.61) near Willamette Veterinary Hospital: 30 mph (a decrease from 35 mph)
From 150 feet south of Hopkins Ave (milepost 84.61) near Southside Marine to 400 feet north of SE Park Ave (milepost 85.34): The existing 20 mph School Zone speed limit near Lincoln Elementary School will continue to be in effect during the times noted on signs.
From 400 feet north of SE Park Ave (milepost 85.34) To 0.22 mile north of SE Rivergreen Ave (milepost 85.72): 35 mph (no change)
In partnership with the City of Corvallis, ODOT upgraded the flashing beacons installed at the four marked crossings on OR 99W in South Corvallis.
Increased Policing Planned
The Corvallis Police Department will also increase their presence in the area to help drivers adjust to the new speed limits, according to an announcement posted on the City of Corvallis Facebook page on February 14.
ODOT also announced they are working on the facility plan for OR 99W in South Corvallis. ODOT said they would like to continue the conversation about the “pedestrian and bicyclist experience when traveling in South Corvallis.” Later this year there will be opportunities for community members to get involved. This announcement didn’t include a date or details.
By Samantha Sied