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ODOT studying safety in 3 Canyon corridors

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

The Oregon Department of Transportation is looking at safety improvements in three Santiam Canyon corridors and residents are being encouraged to participate.

An online “open house” for the project is underway and runs through April 23 at A second survey is planned for June, with the study set to be completed by the end of the year.  

ODOT is studying three corridors, Highway 226 in Scio and Lyons and Highway 22 in Mill City. The Scio stretch runs between Sixth Avenue and SE Ash Street, the Lyons piece is between Sixth Street and the Santiam River Bridge and the Mill City corridor is between NE Third Avenue and NE Seventh Avenue.

“The key questions are about how people travel around today and where they want to go,” said Jenna Berman, an active transportation specialist with ODOT. “Paper surveys and information sheets are also available at city halls, Mill City included the survey and information sheets in their April newsletter, and Scio included a link on their utility mailers.”

Possible upgrades could include sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes.

Federal funds are paying for the study, Berman said.

“We are partnering with each of the cities because having local input and community support is essential to identifying good improvements,” she said. “I have also been in contact with Marion County – keeping them updated on this work because some of it closely relates or ties into efforts that they have underway.”  

Residents should not expect major highway overhauls to come out of the study, Berman said.                          

“We are looking for low-hanging-fruit type improvements that could potentially be added onto other ODOT projects such as pavement work or ADA ramp replacements,” she said.  “These are things like enhanced crossings and striped bike facilities. We are not looking at full roadway reconstruction projects where curb lines would move, etc.”

No traffic signals are planned, Berman said, “but some other traffic control devices will be looked at. Those are things like rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs), pavement markings (striping), and signs.”

No funding has been identified to pay for any upgrades recommended in the final study, but Berman said “there are some projects on the horizon that this work can help to either inform or, with these solutions in hand, we can then look for additional funding to add these elements onto these other projects.”


Those interested in taking the online survey should go to:
The project page is at

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