U.S. 30 safety project in Columbia County to begin in early March

January 21, 2021                                   For more information: Lou Torres, 503-986-2880

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Improves safety between Scappoose and St. Helens

ST HELENS—A highway project that will enhance safety on U.S. 30 between Scappoose and St. Helens will begin in early March.

The U.S. 30 Millard and Bennett Roads Safety Project will make changes to both intersections to reduce the number of serious crashes. The project is a collaborative effort between the Oregon Department of Transportation, Columbia County and the local communities to make this section of road safer.

The project will:

  • Increase the turning radius of the right turn lane from U.S. 30 to Bennett Road by widening and restriping the roadway near the intersection;
  • Restrict left turns onto U.S. 30 from Bennett Road by creating a median;
  • Add a traffic signal at U.S. 30 and Millard Road and widening Millard to provide access to U.S. 30 that will relieve traffic pressure; and
  • Upgrade the rail crossings at both Bennett and Millard Roads.

This section of U.S. 30 was once part of a safety corridor that was designated in 2010 but decommissioned in 2014 because of a reduced number of serious crashes. The safety corridor designation also enabled ODOT and the local community to engineer a solution to safety concerns with turning issues at the intersections. This $7.5 million project addresses those concerns.

During construction, travelers can expect some delays and lane closures. However, U.S. 30 traffic will not be detoured. Construction is expected to be completed by October 1.

For more information about the project, visit the project web site at https://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/project-details.aspx?project=21459


Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around work zones.​​