September 13, 2017 3:00 p.m.
A state commission is considering lowering the speed limit on Interstate Five in Roseburg.
The Oregon Transportation Commission will meet on Friday September 22nd in Salem. A release from the Oregon Department of Transportation says commissioners will discuss the recommendations a Speed Zone Panel made earlier this year after reviewing studies and collecting input.
The Commission is looking at whether to lower the freeway speed limit in Roseburg from 65 to 60 miles per hour for cars. The speed limit for trucks, 55 miles per hour, will remain the same.
In June the Speed Zone Panel recommended the change due to an increased level of crashes in Roseburg, especially ones that resulted in serious injuries or even death. Recent crash data showed the rate of fatal and injury crashes along the freeway in Roseburg was nearly double the statewide average.
If the idea is approved, the change will be made to a four mile stretch between mile post 123 and 127. That’s from the exit at the Douglas County Fairgrounds to the exit at Edenbower Boulevard.
Shelley Snow of the Oregon Department of Transportation in Salem told News Radio 1240 KQEN that if the move is approved by the State Transportation Commission, it would likely not take affect for a couple of months.