Bear Drive and Eureka Lane closed
Drivers can no longer turn west off Highway 97 onto Bear Drive or Eureka Lane.
Thursday morning, Sept. 23, Oregon Department of Transportation crews placed concrete barriers and red and white construction barriers about 40 feet from the fog line on Southwest Eureka Lane and Bear Drive where the roads intersect with Highway 97.
That section of the highway has a history of serious accidents including five fatalities in the past six years.
ODOT says frequently collisions occur when people slow to turn off the highway and the traffic behind them doesn't have time to stop.
The agency intends to close the east stem of Bear Drive once ODOT and the county make improvements at Ford Lane and Falcon Lane to give especially trucks a wider turning radius at those intersections.
Jefferson County Commissioners agreed to the closure based on promises from ODOT for improvements on Dover Lane including left turn lanes at that intersection.
ODOT expects work on that intersection to begin in 2023.
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