Tualatin moves forward on safety improvements
Tualatin continues to move forward with creating safer city streets with the recent completion of two projects.
One is a pedestrian safety project on Southwest Nasoma Lane that included pedestrian-activated flashing beacons, a high-visibility crosswalk and new curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. That project between The Community at Marquis Tualatin and Marquis
"The Nasoma Lane project cost $97,000 and took about three months to construct," said Kelsey Lewis, deputy program manager for the Tualatin Public Works Department. "This crosswalk and updated curb ramps provide a safer place for Marquis residents and others to cross, and provides more visibility for drivers to see them. We are pleased to improve walkability for seniors and others in Tualatin."
The second completed project was roadwork on Southwest Tualatin Road between 105th and 115th avenues, where speed feedback signs, a pedestrian-activated flashing beacons, a high visibility crosswalk and ADA-compliant curb ramps were added as well.
The cost of that project, which took about four months to complete, was $140,500, according to Lewis, who noted that a new crosswalk at Southwest 112th Avenue is more easily seen than before, especially with the addition of a driver feedback sign that is designed to make motorists slow down and gives them more time to see pedestrians crossing the roadway.
"These projects improve safety and hep our streets feel more connected," Lewis said. "It's pretty exciting to hear these ideas come from community members and bring them to life as completed projects."
Funding for the projects comes from the $20 million Tualatin Moving Forward bond measure passed by voters in 2018. Of the more than 35 projects the bond pays for, 14 have been completed, according to a staff report.
A major project currently underway focuses on improvements to the Garden Corner Curves. Work on the $3 million project began in August to upgrade the roadway that follows Southwest 105th Avenue/Blake Street/108 Avenue between Avery and Willow streets. Completion is expected sometime in 2021.
The project includes widening the road as well as adding a new off-road shared use path. Safety features include pedestrian-activated flashing beacons at Southwest Moratoc Drive and Blake Street/108th Avenue.
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