Officials celebrate long-awaited Cedar Hills Boulevard turn lane
Free coffee and cookies greeted anyone wanting to celebrate the completion of a long-awaited remodeling/reconfiguration of the eastbound off-ramp of the Sunset Highway at the Cedar Hills Boulevard intersection Thursday.
The celebration, held at Peterkort Town Square, was a way to thank motorists for their patience during the construction of the $2 million project -- which added a signalized intersection with two double left hand turn lanes onto Cedar Hills Boulevard -- along with a way to recognize the agencies involved.
Those agencies included Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation, the City of Beaverton and private developer J. Peterkort and Company.
In addition to allowing motorists to turn left onto Cedar Hills Boulevard, the roadway also offers a straight-through lane as well as a right turn lane. In the past, motorists took their chances when turning left onto Cedar Hills Boulevard, trying to shoot the gap across two lanes of cross traffic, something that caused numerous accidents over the years.
"Between 2011 and 2015 there were 27 reported accidents," said Renus Kelfkens, a Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation project manager.
The signal went live on Saturday, and despite a few initial signal-timing glitches, was fully operational by Monday, according to officials.
Kelfkens said the traffic signal at Butner Road, several hundred feet south, has been synchronized with the Highway 26 off-ramp/Cedar Hills Boulevard intersection in order to avoid traffic backups.