Oregon can't keep up as traffic bogs down
The state's busiest stretch of road, Interstate 84 in Portland, is a maddening snarl during rush hour. Traffic slows from 65 mph to a crawl. Cars inch forward as they struggle to enter the city in the morning and leave in late afternoon.
With no room to widen the lanes, ODOT spokesman Dave Thompson said it's an example of what the department faces across the state: Demand for roads far outpaces supply.
In the absence of enough road space, the department uses what it calls intelligent transportation to better manage traffic flows.
That includes reader boards on the roadside to alert drivers to impending congestion, red-and-green ramp meters that control the stream of cars merging onto a highway and a Web site that provides commuter information.
"A better-informed driver makes better choices," Thompson said.
And what choice would that be Mr. Thompson? Stay home from work? How many employees does ODOT use to manage the reader boards, ramp meters, and website that basically all say the same thing: traffic sucks.