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Days of signal-less Roy Rogers Road are coming to a close

Two traffic signals have been installed at Beef Bend and Scholls-Sherwood roads


by: GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Signals have already been installed along Roy Rogers Road at Beef Bend Road (shown here) and Scholls-Sherwood Road. They are awaiting final road-paving improvements with plans to be operational by the end of July or beginning of August.While motorists have long enjoyed a stoplight-free cruise along Roy Rogers Road from Scholls Ferry Road all the way into Sherwood, those days are numbered.

Two stoplights have been installed along the roadway at Scholls-Sherwood and Beef Bend roads, expected to be operational by late July or early August pending no unforeseen circumstances, according to Stephen Roberts, communications coordinator for the Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation.

An estimated 22,000 vehicles pass through Roy Rogers Road at the Scholls-Sherwood Road intersection daily while 19,000 cars travel through Roy Rogers at Beef Bend roads during that same time period, Roberts said.

Meanwhile, a stoplight also is being installed along Scholls Ferry Road at Tile Flat Road (which was the scene of a nasty two-vehicle collision on May 5).

“The signals won’t be activated until final paving and striping is complete at each intersection, and that work is weather dependent,” said Roberts.

Washington County Land Use & Transportation officials had conducted a study of those three intersections and determined signals would benefit the safety, mobility and efficiency of moving traffic along based on so-called “warrants,” said Roberts.

“They are a set of criteria that are used to evaluate whether a signal is “warranted” at a given intersection,” he said. “The warrants consider vehicular and pedestrian volumes, crash history, whether the intersection is a school crossing location, and other issues.”

The study of a possible fourth location for a signal, Roy Rogers at Bull Mountain roads, showed none was needed at the moment, traffic engineers determined.

“We concluded the Bull Mountain/Roy Rogers intersection doesn’t meet warrants for a signal at this time,” said Roberts, adding that as development occurs in Tigard’s River Terrace area, traffic volumes at that intersection is expected to increase and it’s only a matter of time before a signal is warranted at that location.

Total cost of the three signal projects is estimated at $2.5 million, with funding coming from developers’ previously paid traffic impact fees.



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