ODOT plans new safety measures on I-5/Highway 217 overpass

ODOT plans new safety measures on I-5/Highway 217 overpass
This still image from an ODOT camera shows emergency responders arriving on the Highway 217 flyover Friday morning, June 27, 2014. No one was seriously injured.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Even as it blamed speeding drivers for a most of the accidents on the Interstate 5/Highway 217 ramp, the Oregon Department of Transportation said it was taking new steps to reduce crashes.

Another crash on Wednesday morning was the latest in a recent string that at one point included three accidents in three days.

Portland ODOT manager Jason Tell said getting drivers to slow down is the focal point.

“We are taking even more steps to raise awareness that the advisory speed is 35 mph,” Tell said. “And wet roads require greater care when driving, especially on any ramp.”

ODOT will also seal the deck by mid-August, install an electronic warning sign with a display of a skidding car and record a camera feed to document traffic patterns.