Oregon Transportation Needs Include Preparing for Earthquake Damage

May 25, 2016

A major fault off the Oregon Coast is expected to produce an earthquake, and transportation officials say preparing for that event needs to be a top priority.

The Medford Mail Tribune reported a Cascadia Subduction Zone event tops the needs listed in a report released last week by the Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel.

The fault stretches from northern California to Vancouver Island.

Former transportation official Stuart Foster says a Cascadia event is twice as likely in southwest Oregon.

earthquakeTransportation Vision Panel co-chair Gregg Kantor said in a news release that the 30-year goal is to have the state’s transportation system in good repair and ready to withstand natural disasters.

The report calls for seismic upgrades to Interstate 5.

The list also prioritizes improving Portland area congestion and public transit.

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