Keep safety in mind on U.S. 395

Date: Jan. 8, 2016                                                                                     NR number: 16010815

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Keep safety in mind on U.S. 395 in Hermiston


U.S. 395 though Hermiston sees a lot of traffic. Depending on the specific location of the six mile stretch between the junction of U.S. 730 to the north (at mile post zero) and S.E. 4th Street at the south end of town (mile post six), the average daily traffic count from 2014 data ranged from 10,000 to 20,700 vehicles a day. That averages out to about 16,850 vehicles per day along the corridor, or nearly 12 vehicles passing a given point every minute. For the most part drivers are moving without mishap, but crashes do happen. Some have serious consequences.


ODOT Crash data for the period between 2010 and 2014 (latest statistics) lists a total of 450 crashes that occurred along U.S. 395 between U.S. 730 at mile post zero and mile post 10, just north of Stanfield. Those 450 crashes resulted in two fatalities (2014 and 2010), 15 serious injuries, 90 moderate injuries, and 228 minor injuries. Nearly ninety percent of the crashes occurred between U.S. 730 and S.E. 4th Street.


Detailed data for 2015 is not available yet, but numerous crashes have occurred and there has been at least one fatality that resulted from an October 19 crash near Baggett Lane.