Tualatin follows community suggestions on safety improvements
Seven intersections and stretches of road in Tualatin are set to receive significant safety upgrades next year.
The Tualatin City Council approved the community-nominated Tualatin Neighborhood Traffic Safety projects last month. They're the first round of improvements in what city officials plan to be an ongoing, bond-funded program to add more signalized pedestrian crossings and solar-powered driver speed limit feedback signs throughout Tualatin.
The upgrades will be installed at:
The projects are all part of Tualatin Moving Forward, the city's $20 million bond measure passed by voters in May 2018.
The city says that most of the new pedestrian crossings will include pedestrian-activated rapid flashing beacons, as well as reflective signage.
"Research shows such attention-grabbing signals are the safest option for protecting drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists," the city said in a statement. "The high-intensity LED beacons command drivers' attention whenever pedestrians want to cross, in all weather conditions, with day- and night-time visibility."
"These new rapid flashing beacons have been very effective wherever we have installed them at pedestrian crossings and in school zones," Jeff Fuchs, Tualatin Public Works director, said in a news release.
The neighborhood safety improvements were selected through a community-wide process where an estimated 145 projects ideas were submitted by community members. Another round of safety projects will be selected in October 2020.
Residents who want to suggest a project in their neighborhood can go to the website TualatinMovingForward.com and click on the "Suggest a Project" button.
Meanwhile, Fuchs told the council on Oct. 28 that since the bond passed, five of the major projects listed had been completed with seven more underway.
One of those is the almost completed design on the $3.5 million Garden Corner "S" curves, said Fuchs, noting that there were lots of "kitchen table" meetings among those in the community to discuss those improvements. Streets involved in the curves project include 105th Avenue, Blake Street and 108th Avenue, which all make up a narrow portion of roadway that has sight-distance safety issues and limited room for bicyclists and pedestrians.
At the same time, Fuchs said the city is working with PGE to see about placing utility poles in that area underground.
Also underway is the $2.4 million project to add a traffic signal at Southwest Sagert Street and Martinazzi Avenue.
The next large project will be along Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road, where plans are to add another lane eastbound by removing a center median between Martinazzi Avenue and the Interstate 5 interchange. That improvement is expected to reduce predicted commute times anywhere from four to six minutes, Fuchs said.
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