Highway 140 will have more OSP patrols

Expect to see more Oregon State Police troopers patrolling Highway 140 from now through summer.

OSP received grants from the Oregon Department of Transportation in an effort to increase trooper numbers on Highway 140 and Highway 101 near Newport.

The primary goal is to reduce traffic crashes in those areas, OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings said.

"So much of our time and effort is spent on Interstate 5 that we can't put as many troopers on these other corridors," Hastings said. "Some of the worst accidents are on these secondary highways."

OSP received $39,704 in grant funding to provide nearly 800 hours of overtime enforcement between now and Sept. 30, Hastings said.

Troopers will focus on an 18-mile stretch of Highway 140 near Lake of the Woods, between mileposts 29 and 47.

Hastings said speeding is a continuing problem in that area.

"There's not a lot of room for error on these secondary roads," Hastings said. "Unlike the interstate, there isn't a median to divide traffic. So when you cross the center line, you often can end up in the path of an oncoming vehicle."

In addition to the increased trooper numbers, these roads will see improvements such as enhanced pavement striping, raised pavement markers, rumble strips and enhanced signage.

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