- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A major fault off the Oregon Coast is expected to produce an earthquake, and transportation officials say preparing for that event needs to be a top priority.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1qDnkVn) a Cascadia Subduction Zone event tops the needs listed in a report released last week by the Governor’s Transportation Vision Panel.

The fault stretches from northern California to Vancouver Island.

Former transportation official Stuart Foster says a Cascadia event is twice as likely in southwest Oregon.

Transportation Vision Panel co-chair Gregg Kantor said in a news release that the 30-year goal is to have the state’s transportation system in good repair and ready to withstand natural disasters.

The report calls for seismic upgrades to Interstate 5.

The list also prioritizes improving Portland area congestion and public transit.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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