- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - More than a dozen motorists are suing the state and a contractor because of crashes at a suburban Portland highway ramp.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/JMC2mg ) the lawsuit filed Monday seeks just over $2 million from the Oregon Department of Transportation and a Nebraska-based contractor. It alleges negligent design and construction of the ramp that connects Interstate 5 to Oregon 217 in Tigard.

Dozens of serious crashes occurred on the ramp between 2008 and 2014.

The lawsuit alleges a metal joint embedded in the ramp had come out of alignment, creating an uneven surface that was dangerous to passing vehicles.

Transportation department spokesman Don Hamilton wouldn’t discuss specifics of the lawsuit, but said crews refinished the road in 2014 to increase traction and there have been few problems since then.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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