Royal Villas residents must change old driving habits
ODOT permanently eliminates left turns into and out of community on Royal Villa Drive
The Oregon Department of Transportation's 99W Fischer Road to Durham Road Safety project is slated to be completed this November, and drivers in the area can see daily changes.
Starting Aug. 22, left turns were not permitted into or out of Royal Villa Drive, which was a permanent change. Drivers who previously used the center median break at Royal Villa Drive to make left turns or U-turns will need to use one of the following alternatives:
-- All vehicles coming out of Royal Villa Drive onto 99W will be required to turn right. For those needing to go south, U-turns can be made at Durham Road;
-- From Aug. 22 to Oct. 31 (approximately), all drivers heading south on OR 99W who want to turn left into Royal Villa Drive (or make a U-turn) will be required to travel farther south to the light at the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue station and make a U-turn there;
-- Beginning Oct. 31 (approximately), all vehicles heading south on 99W that would normally turn left into Royal Villa Drive (or make a U-turn) will be able to use the new U-turn signal at Fischer Road.
Statistics show a high crash rate on OR 99W at Royal Villa Drive. The center median closure is required to eliminate T-bone crashes and other related crashes in the area.
Travelers should plan for congestion and short delays on 99W, Fischer Road and Durham Road throughout construction.