Oregon City Council at a meeting on March 14 voted to increase the speed limit on Otter Creek Road to 45 mph from 35 mph.
“Raising the speed limit also raises the level of safety,” said Councilman James Seaman. “That’s something different than what most people think because of the way the road is wide open and so well paved. People have a tendency to go faster than the 35 mph speed limit. I think this will move towards a safer environment for our drivers in Oregon.”
The road was reconstructed with new asphalt last year as part of an upgrade to the existing deteriorating concrete pavement.
The ordinance is based on a speed study performed by DGL Consulting Engineers, LLC. DGL conducted a field review on December 8 on 2.4 miles of the road between Corduroy and Bayshore roads. Speed checks by a radar gun conducted at four locations along the road showed an average speed of 42.9 mph. The study recommended approval of the city’s request to increase the speed limit to 45 mph.
Crash reports show there were six crashes on Otter Creek road between 2006-2009.
Also at the meeting, council:
• approved an agreement with engineering companies to provide services for the final design and bidding for the Oregon Flood Relief and Erosion Control project, the Wolf Creek Relief Ditch project, and the Pickle Road Storm Relief Ditch project.
Poggemeyer Design Group, Bowling Green, will provide engineering services for the Oregon Flood Relief and Erosion Control project, which is located within the downstream area of the Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch, Johlin Ditch, and Heckman Ditch watersheds, between Cedar Point Road and Lake Erie. Jones & Henry Engineers, LTD., Toledo, will provide engineering services for the Wolf Creek area west of Stadium Road, and the Pickle Road area between Coy and Lallendorf roads that is served by the Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch. Poggemeyer would be paid $304,880 to provide the services.
The Oregon Flood Relief and Erosion Control project, which will be conducted in two phases, consists of relocating the Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch and Johlin Ditch to a re-aligned Heckman Ditch, providing one large open channel to convey drainage to all four watersheds. The purpose of the project is to relocate Heckman Ditch away from Wynn Road to prevent road failure from the severely eroded ditch bank, and to relocate Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch and Johlin Ditch to bypass the existing industrial properties between Cedar Point Road and Lake Erie. The undersized channel capacity of the Amolsch and Driftmeyer Ditch has been the cause of chronic flooding in the industrial areas.