New weather signs on I-84 in Blue Mountains

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) The Oregon Department of Transportation is installing a new reader board and snow zone signs on Interstate 84 in the Blue Mountains, the same general stretch of freeway where a bus plunged down a ravine last month, killing nine passengers.

The Oregonian reports the variable message board west of Baker City will alert eastbound travelers of upcoming road conditions and winter chain requirements.

The signs are scheduled to be installed next summer. They were planned before the bus crash.

I-84 is Oregon's main east-west traffic artery. The 160-mile section between Pendleton and Ontario is known as "blizzard alley" for snow, black ice, high winds, freezing fog and chain-reaction crashes. There are seven reader boards in the stretch advising westbound traffic.