Resident questions safety on Foothill Road

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Thu, March 13 2014 at 6:04 PM, Updated: Fri, March 14 2014 at 2:58 AM

Medford, Ore. -- A deadly accident last weekend has one Medford woman pleading with the county to make changes to the road.

Becky Jackson has lived on a hill that overlooks Foothill Road for 10 years. She said she's seen an increase of accidents over the past year and said it's time for something to be done to make the road safer.

"I want to see some guardrails on dangerous curves and I would like to see more presence of law enforcement," Jackson said.

Jackson said she's seen several cars flipped over in the ditches by her home, and people speeding and passing around curves.

"It's scary. It's really unsettling," she said.

But Jackson County Roads and Parks Director John Vial said Foothill is not any more dangerous than other county roads. He said there have been 50 crashes in four years on the six mile road. But he said that's not unusual.

"The challenge with Foothill Road is it's narrow and kind of windy and it has a lot of traffic making it unforgiving," Vial said.

A lot of traffic, meaning a lot of opportunity for mistakes. But Jackson said that 50 crashes in four years is too many.

"I believe it would benefit everyone concerned if they lowered speed limits," she said.

But Vial said the speed limit on Foothill Road is already lower than other county roads. He also said they plan on doing construction on Foothill to make it wider and make the curves gentler. But even that, he said, wouldn't guarantee driver safety.

"If you make those improvements speeds will go up. People will drive faster and there will be more serious crashes," Vial said.

He said it will be several years before construction could commence because the project could cost more than $50 million.

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