PHOENIX, Ore. – Several months after work began on the Fern Valley Interchange project, many drivers are choosing to ignore the reduced speed limit, according to Oregon State Police.
The speed limit is posted at 50 miles per hour through the 2-mile stretch of Interstate 5 at Phoenix, in order to protect construction crews working in the area. Oregon State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office patrol the stretch, and have handed out tickets to speeders and tailgaters.
“Construction workers are killed and seriously injured every year by high speed-type incidents out on the freeways,” said Bill Matson, Oregon State Police Senior Trooper. “We don’t want that to happen.”
The speed limit is in place at all times every day, even when workers are not present. Matson believes many drivers are either still adjusting to the new speed limit, or are not giving themselves enough time to drive through the work zone.
All four lanes of Interstate 5 are open as crews work on freeway On-and-Off ramps.