Wilsonville drivers will see a small change to their daily routine this summer with the implementation of a new stoplight on the corner of Southwest Wilsonville and Boeckman roads. Set to be fully operational by mid-August, the stoplight is just one of many new improvements to the intersection prompted by the construction of the nearby Meridian Creek Middle School.
Steve Adams, engineering manager for the City of Wilsonville, is excited for the new improvements and hopeful that the changes will help keep congestion to a minimum when Meridian Creek opens for the academic year Aug. 29.
"For the school project a traffic study was done in June 2015," Adams says. "It triggered a requirement to do improvements. When the school district applied for the new school the condition of approval was that they would need to do city upgrades."
Adams also states that beyond the light itself, the city had added left and right turn lanes to the intersection.
"It allows more cars to go through efficiently, way more than a four-way stop," Adams says. "The improvements makes the intersection more efficient and easier to get through. It has a crosswalk that makes it safer for students to cross, and it will be lit if students are walking at dusk."
The project's ultimate goal is to create a safe environment in the areas surrounding the new school, but it will also help to generate less congestion in the busy Wilsonville neighborhoods between the new school and Wilsonville High School, as well as help when the future Frog Pond development is put in place.
"Hopefully we will have it operational within the next two weeks," Adams says.