The Oregon Department of Transportation is taking another look at truck traffic in the Astoria-Warrenton area.

This week ODOT is conducting a follow-up study of a study done in March. Among the items to be confirmed are the seasonal characteristics of truck traffic in the region and the volume of trucks with destinations in the Warrenton area.

"We have a high level of confidence in the statistical validity of first Truck Traffic Study, which was completed earlier this year," said Valerie Grigg Devis, the project manager for ODOT. But she said Advisory Committee members, who represent a number of local trucking interests, have raised some questions regarding key truck traffic locations, as well as the seasonality of truck movements. "We have agreed to consider these recommendations and re-run the survey to address these points," she said.

The follow-up study is taking place this week. Figures obtained will be compared to the spring volume figures. Observers will collect the following information: license plate number, weight/size classification, color (hood of cab), and type (Army, logging, other) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

• U.S. Highway 101 at Highway 104/Perkins Lane

• U.S. Highway 101 Business at Oregon 202

• U.S. Highway 101/U.S. Highway 30 at Astoria Bridge

• U.S. Highway 30 at 17th Avenue

• U.S. Highway 30 at John Day River Bridge

• U.S. Highway 101 at Harbor Street

Findings from this study will be used to inform the Regional Refinement Plan, which is being conducted by ODOT in cooperation with Astoria, Warrenton and Clatsop County. The Refinement Plan assesses future transportation alternatives to serve the region and prepares recommendations to local and regional policymakers.

"This project is certainly the most extensive assessment of truck movement ever conducted for this region," said Grigg Devis. She said she hopes the findings will be ready to share with the Advisory Committee and the public by end of this year.

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