"Deadman's Curve" Roadwork Near Completion

, Posted: Mon, October 1 2012 at 6:56 PM, Updated: Mon, October 1 2012 at 7:29 PM

In a follow-up to a story NBC 5 aired back in May, construction is almost complete on Blackwell Road between Central Point and Gold Hill.

Earlier this year, the section of road made a list of the top five most dangerous roads in Jackson County.

Charles Orr has lived right off Blackwell for the past 16 years. He said he's glad Jackson County has done some work on the road, which he said was very dangerous before work began.

"I think it's going to be a whole lot safer," said Orr.

Jackson County Roads officials said they nicknamed the area "Deadman's Curve." 

"It has a long history of crashes on that corner. Our hope is we don't see those any longer," said Mike Kuntz, Engineer for the Jackson County Roads Department.

The construction project started in February of 2012 and eight months later, officials said it should be done in two-weeks. Three sharp curves have now been replaced by a more gentle one.

"A few [...] finishing touches and then we'll be out of there," said Kuntz.

While residents like Charles Orr are happy about the changes, not everyone feels the same.

Other nearby residents we spoke with off camera said the curves were the only things slowing cars down and now people are driving faster through this area.

But Orr said that just comes with the territory when you straighten out any road.

Officials said while traffic is expected to move faster, they don't think people will exceed the speed limit by much.

However if they get reports of it happening, officials said they'll send Sheriff's deputies.

Jackson County Roads officials said the project cost more than $500,000 and was funded by a federal safety grant.


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