BEND, OR -- Drivers using the roundabout at 15th and Reed Market Road are getting some help to avoid getting stuck in line behind a train. When a train crosses Reed Market now, a signal is sent to electric signs posted for drivers approaching the roundabout from the north, south and east.
Ryan Oster, with the City of Bend Streets Department, tells KBND News the idea is to give drivers a choice before getting stuck in traffic. “It’s really kind of a pre-emptive warning system to let the drivers know as they are approaching the roundabout, 'hey…instead of continuing or turning on to Reed market like I was planning on, maybe I decide to head north or south on 15th instead, so I don’t have to sit here and wait for this train.'” He adds, “Maybe you can make a decision before you get into the roundabout and avoid getting in that log jam.”
Those electronic warning signs are only illuminated when a train crosses Reed Market Road.