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Local officer deserve praise for how he handled a violent, dangerous situation; ODOT needs to keep emergency services at the forefront when considering changes to Terrebbonne area U.S. Highway 97

Great job, officer Roth

I just want to thank and commend officer Josh Roth for the way in which he handled himself regarding the stabbing incident involving the nude meth man, that took place in Madras around Christmas time.

With so many news stories telling about officers shooting people, it is refreshing to hear about one where, in spite of the terrible circumstances, the assailant was able to be apprehended by nonlethal use of a firearm. Way to go Officer Roth! We thank you and do hope that officers in the future elsewhere can act as cool as you did.

Will Ward

Madras

Think of emergency services vehicles when thinking of Highway 97 fix

Kudos to ODOT for their effort to help our community with the Terrebonne Highway 97 refinement. There is no question this is needed.

The focus should be on safety and reducing congestion in Terrebonne, not increasing it. Bike lanes, pedestrian access and cross traffic are a high priority, but a northbound interchange from Lower Bridge Road to Highway 97 seems to be off the table for discussion.

Wednesday night, ODOT held a public meeting and shared the latest plan. Commuters from Crooked River Ranch and beyond (traveling to 97 from Lower Bridge Road) will be required to proceed south into Terrebonne, and then U-turn on the south end of town, before returning north towards Madras.

Shouldn't the logic be to provide northbound access and reduce the amount of traffic in Terrebonne, reduce the pedestrian-related incidents and make cross traffic and U-turns safer by reducing the number of commuters?

Our local law and fire agencies rely on each other. Mutual aid is critical to timely response. The current plan only increases response times.

Im not an engineer, I have no experience planning or building roads, but as a former fire chief, I know how emergency response works, and I know how critical minutes are when it comes to public safety. This current plan doesn't address this critical need; it only reduces the ability to assist our community in a timely fashion.

ODOT, put your pencils and protractors down and pick up the phone and call your local emergency responders.

Rich Hoffman

Crooked River Ranch


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