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New Cairo Junction roundabout project slated for 2023

ONTARIO – The state Transportation Department will kick off a roundabout project at Cairo Junction next year in an effort to cut down on the number of serious crashes at the T-intersection.The high-speed intersection was the scene of 31 crashes between 2009 and 2018, including 15 serious wrecks and one death, according to the Transportation Department.“It’s been in the works for a number of years. We think it is the safest choice,” said Tom Strandberg, a spokesman for the state Transportation Department.Roundabouts are a circular intersection with curved entrances that reduce vehicle speeds.The Cairo Junction roundabout will be part of $16 million in work on state highways in the region. That includes paving extra pullouts on U.S. 20 between Riley Junction and Ontario and widening of a section of Oregon Highway 201 between Verde Derive and Northwest Washington Avenue. The expansion of . . .