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New traffic sign aids safety at Oak Hills

SUBMITTED PHOTO - This map shows the new traffic flow at the intersection of Northwest Oak Hills Drive and Northwest Perimeter Drive is designed to aid with safety in the area and also to cut down on congestion near Oak Hills Elementary School.Safety is the name of the game and the source of a new traffic change in the Oak Hills neighborhood north of Beaverton.

Beginning back in March, left turns from N.W. Oak Hills Drive onto N.W. Perimeter Drive are prohibited from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. and 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. when Oak Hills Elementary School is in session.

The intersection has long been a source of traffic congestion due to the number of drivers transporting students to and from Oak Hills Elementary during these hours.

Drivers attempting that left turn are impacted by a crosswalk used by students walking or biking to school, causing traffic to back up on N.W. Oak Hills Drive to the west through the intersection of N.W. Bethany Boulevard causing increased traffic hazards.

The traffic change was announced the week of March 14, and a large sign notifying travelers of the no-left-turn change was installed on March 28.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Team deputies began issuing citations related to the change last week. The violation is Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device which carries a fine of $260.