Speed limits on several Wasco roads, I-5 in Medford on Speed Zone Review agenda

SALEM – The Oregon Speed Zone Review Panel will hold a virtual hearing at 9 a.m., Wednesday, February 21 to discuss speed zoning on several roads:

  • Celilo Wasco Highway, Deschutes Street/Clark Street/Wasco Heppner Hwy, Armsworthy Street, and Clark Street/Scott Canyon Road all within the city of Wasco.
  • A short segment of Interstate 5 (Pacific Highway) in Medford.

How to join in the virtual meeting:

The meeting is open to the public. Accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities. To request accommodation, please call (503) 986-3580 at least 48 hours in advance (TTY: 711).

How speed zone decisions are made

In Oregon, most decisions regarding speed zones are made jointly by ODOT and the authority governing the road, such as a city or a county. ODOT has the responsibility to investigate roads for establishing new speed zones or changing posted speeds of existing speed zones. ODOT performs these investigations at the request of the road authority.

If the recommended speed is of mutual agreement between ODOT and the local road authority, the speed zone is established. If mutual agreement cannot be reached, the speed zone decision is referred to the Speed Zone Review Panel. The panel receives testimony from the local road authority and interested parties and makes the final decision. The panel also serves as an advisory body to the department.

The Oregon Speed Zone Review Panel is comprised of representatives from the Governor’s Transportation Safety Committee, the Oregon State Police, the Association of Oregon Counties, the League of Oregon Cities, and ODOT.