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ODOT taking steps to avert more serious crashes at sharp curve east of Eddyville

In late October, and man and his adult daughter were killed on a curve east of Eddyville that has become somewhat notorious lately for serious crashes. A pickup coming eastbound crossed over the centerline and killed them both October 25th.

ODOT has announced that they have installed rumble strips in the pavement in both approaches to the curve to further get the attention of motorists, signaling that something challenging is directly ahead; a sharp curve. In addition to the regular warning signs, ODOT is assigning a portable electric message sign to alert holiday travelers. They’re also using bright orange construction barrels lining the road to slow down traffic entering the curve from the east and the west.

As they used to say in the old days, “Slow down and live.”

ODOT says that curvy part of Highway 20 will be by-passed when the new section is completed in 2015.

Newport: East Olive from Highway 101 to John Moore Road – Major road work coming up.

Highway 101 at 20

Just got word from ODOT Public Information Officer Rick Little that ODOT will be doing some major work on East Olive from Highway 101 east to the stop light at John Moore Road during the evenings of September 26th and 27th. Locals know that this stretch of Olive/Highway 20 is not the smoothest in the area. It does handle a great amount of traffic, much of it heavy trucks so the pavement is due for at least a facelift.

Little says the work will be done during the night, 7pm to 6am, both September 26th and 27th. Flaggers will control traffic through the work zone causing only minimal delays.

Toledo: From winkin’ and blinkin’ to plain ole flaggers

Toledo, Business 20 @ A Street

It’s about to get a lot easier to see when it’s time to go, as well as time to stop. The traffic light at Business 20 and A Streets is about to get an overhaul. ODOT is replacing the standard (some say ancient) incandescent lights with low power consuming LED lights. They’re cheaper to run and are much, much brighter. And the nice thing about it is…ODOT’s footing the bill!

The big change-over will begin at 7am, Saturday, September 15th. And it’ll take much of the day.

And because of that, there will be some modest inconvenience for motorists traveling through Business 20 at A Street. Since the lights will be swapped out, traffic flaggers will have to keep the busy intersection reasonably safe throughout the process. Flaggers will be directing traffic and police will be monitoring the situation to ensure everybody cooperates.

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