HERMISTON -- Drivers heading east on Interstate 84 will be notified Hermiston is ahead much sooner, the city of Hermiston said.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has added Hermiston to four freeway distance signs along I-84 eastbound, the city's release said.
Before the signs were added, Hermiston and the surrounding area was the largest population center on a 300-mile stretch of I-84 without any distance signage except at the exits to the city and one sign two miles from the exits, the city said.
Hermiston's population has grown by more than 40 percent in the past 20 years and more than 36,000 people live within 10 miles of the city, the city said.
The signs appear at mileposts 111, 125, 138, and 149 between The Dalles and Hermiston.