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GOLD HILL, Ore. — A project bringing safety improvements to several spots along Sams Valley Highway near Gold Hill begins this week, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The coming changes will affect three areas along Oregon 234 — the intersections with Table Rock and Antioch roads, and the Exit 40 interchange at Gold Hill.
ODOT says that the intersections are considered high-crash areas, and an electronic pre-warning system will be installed, along with new stop and warning signs.
"The system will alert highway users to vehicles approaching the intersections from either of the side roads," the agency said. "Stop signs on the county roads will be larger and feature flashing red lights. Other signs will also see upgrades."
At the Gold Hill I-5 interchange, three LED streetlights will be added along the northbound on-ramp, and the guardrail at the end of the southbound off-ramp will be adjusted to provide better sight distance for motorists pulling into the intersection.
The full project is expected to cost $437,000, and most of the work is being done during daylight hours. Some night work may be required at the Gold Hill exit.
"Motorists should watch for intermittent lane closures with flaggers," the agency said.