Crashes at I-5 exit 58 off-ramp prompts changes
The Oregon Department of Transportation Road Safety Audit Committee delivered a presentation to the Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop regarding the possible fixes to the intersection of Scoville where it becomes 6th Street, Morgan and the I-5 exit 58 off-ramp.
The committee studied 107 crashes that occurred at the intersection from January of 2006 through December of 2011 and determined that the majority of crashes were angle crashes. The lights alternate right to left for the two adjacent sections of roadway that incorporate the merger of the off-ramp and Scoville Road into 6th Street and motorists believe both sides are allowed to travel at once when viewing the opposite drivers, thus causing accidents.
The committee recommended several solutions including cheap solutions like improving signal indicators and widening the stop bar allowing large truck traffic to pass more easily and more expensive solutions such as merging Scoville and the off-ramp or creating a two-signal phase and creating a longer off-ramp.
The committee decided the two-signal phase would be most beneficial, would provide for long term infrastructure and would allow for the eventual addition of another on-ramp for I-5 located behind the Wild River Inn.