Construction of the Leveton Drive crossing was paid for by Lam Research, but it was built by the city.

COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TUALATIN - A striped crosswalk with flashing beacons indicating when pedestrians are crossing has been installed on Leveton Drive in Tualatin.If you're looking to cross Leveton Drive west of 108th Avenue in Tualatin, a new feature installed via a partnership between the city and one of its largest private employers is making that much easier and safer.

A mid-block crosswalk has been installed across from the Tualatin campus of Lam Research, 11361 S.W. Leveton Drive, a producer of microchip manufacturing equipment based in Fremont, Calif. While mid-block crossings are hardly novel in Tualatin — they are ubiquitous along Tualatin Road, among other routes — this one has a feature that the city engineer said makes it one-of-a-kind in town.

"It's the first one with pedestrian-activated flashing beacons," Jeff Fuchs explained.

The city announced the crosswalk beacons were online Monday, Nov. 20. Signs were placed to advise motorists of the change.

The crossing was built at the request of Lam Research, which is leasing space across Leveton Drive from its main campus, according to Fuchs. While the crossing was designed by city engineering staff, he said, Lam actually paid for its construction.

"They asked for it because there are going to be so many pedestrians walking back and forth there," Fuchs said. "It seemed like an appropriate safety project."

Project construction cost about $49,000, Fuchs said.

"I think it's a good project," he said. "We know we're going to add several hundred pedestrians in that location, so this is a good way to address that. And it's good to have a community partner to help fund it."

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor, The Times
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