Residents of West Lynn have complained about commuting to and from their residences, complaining that the freeway’s on-ramp closure has slowed traffic on many city streets.
However, due to construction work to make way for the construction of a new intersection that will make local roadways safer, the Oregon Department of Transportation has blocked the ramp connecting southbound Highway 43 with northbound I-205.
According to locals, several downtown roadways were reportedly backed up, including Willamette Falls Drive, 10th Street, and West A Street. The mayor of West Lynn received several complaints, prompting her to write to ODOT. The mayor expressed concern that the closure has slowed emergency vehicle traffic.
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According to a report released late last week, ODOT investigated the traffic problems and found that cars are also causing congestion by ignoring detour signs and trying to go around them. In response, ODOT claims to have increased signs and deployed flaggers and police during peak hours to ensure motorists follow the direction.
According to Leah Ralston, who works nearby and has seen the changes, ODOT has improved traffic flow.
Several roads in the surrounding area will be upgraded during the next two years. The Abernathy Bridge will receive a new tolling system and earthquake reinforcement. The earliest toll can be collected would be January 2026.
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