The Oregon Transportation Commission is considering lowering the maximum speed limit on the section of Interstate 5 that runs through Roseburg.
The proposed speed limit would lower the current limit from 65 mph to 60 mph for cars, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation. The speed limit for trucks, which is currently 55 mph, would stay the same.
In a June recommendation from the state’s Speed Zone Review Panel, the decrease was recommended because of “increased levels of crashes, especially fatal and serious injury crashes,” in the Roseburg’s interstate corridor.
According to crash data, from 2012 to 2014, the rate of fatal and injury crashes that occurred between milepost 122 and 127 was nearly double the statewide average. During that time period, 59 people were injured and three were killed.
Read more at the Roseburg News-Review.