new dr martens ODOT putting new safety measures in place on Hwy 213 at Mulino Hill
Speed limit lowered to 45 MPH between Union Hall Road and Mulino Road on Hwy 213. New weight restrictions in place for trucks. Digital signage and new lighting going up
ODOT engineers are continuing to monitor a large crack across Highway 213 on Mulino Hill caused by shifting ground.
ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton said steps are being taken to ensure the safety of motorists on that stretch of Highway 213 between Union Hall Road and Mulino Road, north of Mulino.
He said if conditions worsen, ODOT may find it necessary to close the road.
On Monday, March 20, ODOT established new weight restrictions for trucks on Highway 213 between Union Hall Road and Mulino Road, near Mulino, due to the weakness in the roadbed.
“We had some issues there, and we been watching this since early last week,” Hamilton said Tuesday. “We saw a crack from one side of the road to the other.”
Tuesday afternoon, ODOT engineers decided to put new measures into effect immediately on that stretch of Highway 213.
“We are taking a couple of steps in that area,” Hamilton said late Tuesday afternoon. and will put up some signs indicating rough road.”
He said those digital signs will include a variable message sign and a “Your Speed” sign.
ODOT will bring in lighting for that area so people can see the condition of the road as they approach.
“We are very confident that this section of road is safe,” he said. “We have seen some movement in the road there, and we been monitoring it very carefully since March 3. That when we first got our crews in there.
“Travelers will experience a dip in the road,
but it safe if they use caution,” he said. “There is a crack there, so everyone needs to slow down and use caution.”
Hamilton said tests show the road is continuing to move at a slow level of speed at that section of Mulino Hill.
“The rain has been a huge factor in treating this,” he said. “This road is built on a very large, ancient slide, and all the rain this year has aggravated this problem.”
ODOT engineers are working on finding “the proper solution” to the problem. Engineers have done tests, boring down to see what going on underneath.
“Right now we don think there will be a rapid failure in the road,” he said. “If further steps need to be taken to ensure the safety of travelers, we will take those steps, and that will include closing the road if necessary.”
Hamilton said ODOT is monitoring the ground and roadbed daily. ODOT has monitoring devices in place at the site, measuring the movement of the ground, including an inclinometer that measures the incline, or slope of the ground.
“We are being very careful in keeping an eye on the road,
but we will close the road if necessary to be safe. WE will take the steps that are needed to be taken to make sure this road is safe.”