ODOT releases public safety message regarding 1-5 bridge construction

(Notice the hand-made scarf in safety yellow!)
Construction Zone Flaggers--efficient and friendly. (photo and caption: Katura Reynolds)

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) have created a couple public safety videos to help advise cyclists who are navigating the 1-5 bridge construction on the river path.  If I were to summarize the videos, I would say something like: “Hey, this bridge is neat and we are improving the bike paths, so please obey our flaggers or you could get run over by something heavy.”

As WBE contributor Katura previously reported, the flaggers are nice and courteous, and not looking to slow anyone down unduly. They are there to keep us safe.

Take the jump to see the two videos.

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Whoa Nellie, possible 20 minute delays on the Canal Path Wednesday and Thursday

This following message has been making the rounds, warning Canal Path users of even more congestion on the River Path under 1-5.  If that’s part of your commute plan extra time on Wednesday and Thursday.

Expect longer delays than usual June 23 and 24 on the Canoe Canal Path as it passes under Interstate 5. Contractors for the Oregon Department of Transportation will be using cranes to place bridge beams for the new I-5 Canoe Canal Bridge. Flaggers will direct all path traffic to ensure safety. Delays of up to 20 minutes will occur. Please obey all signage and flaggers for your safety. Path users in the Whilamut Natural Area will experience future path delays as needed to maintain safety within the construction zone.