CORVALLIS – Corvallis leaders say they’re already noticing a difference with a series of safety measures installed through the historic town in recent months, saying the steps are slowing drivers down and hopefully preventing future accidents.
Corvallis has always had its share of safety concerns, especially with the population growth in the southern Bitterroot — and the increasing numbers of people using the Eastside Highway, Woodside Cutoff and Willow Creek Road.
The Montana Department of Transportation has completed the installation of several new features to help make the corridor safer, especially to unfamiliar drivers.
The most prominent change are the solar-powered speed warning signs, which alert drivers to their speed by flashing the numbers, but also hit the “red and blue lights” if they don’t pay attention.
However, there’s also better-marked crosswalks and signs.
During a recent meeting with state transportation officials, Ravalli County Commissioner Chris Hoffman thanked the state on behalf of the community.
“The community very much appreciates it. It has made a great impact on Woodside Cutoff. The signage, the crosswalks, the ADA stuff that’s been done. I saw it every day on my way home and on my way into work,” Hoffman said.
“Just outstanding work. And the difference it’s made in terms of speed going through the community is already just really marked,” he added.
MDT is also planning to study a way to improve the Woodside Bridge to make it safer for pedestrians, with more river studies set for this fall.