LA GRANDE – Variable message signs and new truck parking will improve safety and help traffic flow smoother on several busy sections of I-84 and I-82 in eastern Oregon in the next few years.
Two projects valued at more than $7 million have been selected for the 2024-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program’s “Enhance” funding. Projects in this category are aimed at improving safety and reducing congestion on some of Oregon’s busiest roadways.
The I-82/I-84 Corridor Freight Improvements project will add signs near the Washington and Idaho borders at Umatilla and Farewell Bend. The project will also build new chain-up and chain-off areas along I-84 at Farewell Bend.
The I-84 Exit 216 Snow Zone/Truck Parking project will add an off-highway road connection east of Pendleton between the existing I-84 eastbound chain-up area and Exit 216. It will also develop a new truck parking area, in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Funding projects that improve safety and help traffic flow smoother helps ODOT carry out its Strategic Action Plan, which focuses on the three priorities of equity, a modern transportation system and sufficient, reliable funding.