ODOT to install beacons after Oak Grove pedestrian deaths
The Oregon Department of Transportation will be installing rectangular rapid flashing beacons on Highway 99E (McLoughlin Boulevard) at Boardman Avenue following another pedestrian traffic death at the intersection.
ODOT spokesperson Hope Estes told Oak Grove community leaders that the project to construct flashing beacons at both Boardman and Hull avenues along 99E — two locations where there are already concrete medians — was already underway. There have been 133 serious injuries and fatalities involving people traveling on the McLoughlin corridor between 2007 and 2017.
"The improvements on McLoughlin will also include some sidewalk infill where there are gaps now in the area, about 1,100 linear feet in total," Estes said.
At about 7:25 p.m. Nov. 19, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a crash on 99E near Boardman Avenue that resulted in the death of 35-year-old Tetteh Kofi of Portland, who had been walking eastbound across the highway. OSP investigators said Bob Weber, 54, of Milwaukie, had been driving a Toyota Tundra northbound when he struck and killed Kofi.
As of Nov. 24, Weber had not received a traffic citation or a criminal charge for hitting Kofi in the intersection. Medical personnel determined that Kofi had sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
"I was very sad to see the news about the fatality," Estes said. "We are approaching the Final Plans phase of design for this project and we are currently on track to go to bid in June 2021."
As ODOT gets closer to finishing its design of the beacons, officials will share a project fact sheet with the community, including local residents and property owners, community and neighborhood groups, and the county.
ODOT has a $3.3 million budget to install five flashing beacons, including the two on 99E, two on 82nd Avenue in Portland and one on TV Highway in Cornelius. For more information about the projects, visit the ODOT website.
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