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The city highlights some of the improvements made through this project along the corridor.

To mark the completed first phase of the Boones Ferry Road improvement project — which had been in the works for decades — the city of Lake Oswego held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and provided a tour Monday, April 18, to highlight the upgraded facilities.

Here are some of the improvements the city mentioned at the event.

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - The city added medians and more crosswalks to improve safety and navigability for pedestrians.

Added medians replace unsafe turns

One of the goals of the project was to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians. One way the city did this was by adding medians in the middle of the four-lane road that provide a respite for pedestrians.

They also replaced the ability to make turns across intersections with designated areas for U-turns. Local business owner Mike Buck and city representative Katy Kerklaan said this was considered one of the most dangerous areas in the city as drivers would sometimes make risky left turns.

"There was nowhere safe for anyone to cross between here (Bryant intersection) and West Sunset, which is another signal down," Kerkelaan said, later adding: "Part of safety improvements was putting in the medians, which eliminated those midblock left-turn movements."

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Sidewalks in some sections were widened to provide more room for pedestrians to walk.

Streetscape improvements

Other safety improvements included adding three additional signals, including one at Lanewood Street next to Lake Grove Elementary School, as well as over 50 curb ramps to increase ADA accessibility.

Further, they widened the sidewalks to over 10 feet in some sections and increased street lighting to improve visibility.

"Part of the project was to make it more pedestrian friendly and accessible for everyone to be able to use," Kerklaan said.

Improved stormwater

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - The city added lanes for bikers and upgraded stormwater facilities to reduce water puddling. Kerklaan explained that the city redid its stormwater facilities in the area to eliminate persistent flooding that occurred on local streets.

Mike Buck said people had been reluctant to walk along the sidewalk on a rainy day for fear of being splashed, but now that won't be an issue. Buck already has noticed more pedestrian activity in the corridor recently.

"The feedback has been great. People have been really happy with improvements. It's just safer and easier to access," Kerklaan said.

Undergrounded facilities

The city also moved utilities underground, which Kerklaan said reduced the clutter on local sidewalks and made for what it hopes will be a more attractive corridor for walking.

Public art and trees

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Art is now present throughout the corridor. The project includes public art such as inspirational quotes engraved into the sidewalks, etchings of leaves, squirrels and raindrops along stormwater facilities and a medallion in the middle of a median that signifies the history of the corridor.

The area also includes benches made out of Douglas fir trees, which are a staple of the area. About 120 trees had to be taken down due to the project and 170 would be replanted, according to the city website.

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Mayor Joe Buck cuts the ribbon alongside Lake Oswego city councilors to mark the conclusion of the first phase of the Boones Ferry Road project.

Mayor commemorates project

During the event, Mayor Joe Buck provided some comments on the project and cut the ribbon marking its completion alongside fellow council members.

Here's what he said: "The Boones Ferry Road Project is a manifestation of the community ties and relationships that continue to make Lake Oswego an even greater community.

Not only does Lake Grove have beautiful sidewalks, underground utilities, safe pedestrian crossings and bike infrastructure that speak to the definition of a great street, but (it also has) the public art, quotes, vegetation that pays tribute to and tells the story of our past as we walk toward the future."

The second phase of the project, which is not yet scheduled, will add improvements on the road from the Oakridge/Reese Road intersection to Kruse Way.


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