A stretch of Highway 101 north of Lincoln City, that makes some drivers a little white knuckled, is getting another going over by ODOT.
ODOT’s Jerry Wolcott says they are finishing up preliminary drawings on how to change the way traffic flows at the intersection of 101 and East Devils Lake Road. Accident rates there have prompted the agency to begin analyzing how the intersection might be re-aligned to help all motorists in the area have an easier time seeing what’s coming and going.
They’re proposing to raise up and flatten the approach to the intersection for vehicles approaching from the south on E. Devils Lake Road. Instead of coming up the hill and trying to see traffic from a low angle, they will be right at the same level as 101. Secondly, they’ll re-align the bearing of the E. Devils Lake Road so you don’t have to wrench your neck looking one way to the next.
From the perspective of motorists on southbound 101 wanting to turn left onto E. Devils Lake Road, they’ll have a protected left turn lane so they don’t have to back up traffic behind them waiting for a chance to make that turn. There’s been lots of rear-ender crashes at that intersection.
Thirdly, ODOT is contemplating re-aligning and flattening out 101 north of the E. Devils Lake Road intersection. Currently, there is a hill just northeast of the intersection, making for less than optimal viewing of oncoming traffic. With the road straightened and flattened, motorists will see farther and thereby make better estimates as to whether they have enough time to make a traffic movement onto 101 from E. Devils Lake Road.
Now, as welcome news as this may be, the improvements won’t happen right away. The nearly $3.3 million project is not expected to be completed until the summer or fall of 2015. So in the meantime…vigilance! Use extra caution through there!