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ODOT report: Increasing congestion, longer delays on Portland freeways

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The Oregon Department of Transportation released a report Wednesday outlining increasing congestion and delays with decreasing travel speeds and trip time reliability on Portland-area freeways.

The 2016 Portland Region Traffic Performance Report includes data from the start of 2013 to the end of 2015 from Interstate 5, Interstate 84, Interstate 205, Interstate 405, Highway 26 and Highway 217.

ODOT concluded that drivers, commuters and freight haulers must allow for more time to ensure they reach their destinations as planned.  

"Data for the region's six freeways show increasing congestion, decreasing travel speeds, greater delays and unreliable trip times," the report states. "Traffic congestion in the Portland region can now occur at any hour of the day, including holidays and weekends; it is no longer only a weekday peak hour problem."

Some of the findings in the report include freeway corridors are operating at or over capacity during peak periods, crashes are increasing at a rate equal to the increase in congestion and certain ODOT projects, including RealTime signs and auxiliary lanes, have helped stabilize or improve the crash trend in certain corridors.

ODOT reported that the cost of congestion, bottlenecks and crashes was more than $80 million in lost productivity in 2015.

The full report is available online at Oregon.gov/ODOT

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