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Lane at Tualatin-Sherwood, Martinazzi to remain unused

by: Jaime Valdez, POINT OF NO TURN — The city of Tualatin has opted against changing this unused westbound turn-only lane into an eastbound lane on Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road.

TUALATIN - It's a space.

It's a lane.

No, it's just a paved portion of the road that used to be a turn-only westbound lane on Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road at the intersection of Martinazzi Avenue.

And while the city had considered using it to accommodate another eastbound lane for one of the city's most congested roads, the lane will, for now, stay pretty much as it is - marked with yellow cones as a sign of its uselessness.

Mayor Lou Ogden jokingly, painfully accepted the feasibility study of a third eastbound lane at the block just before the Kmart and Fred Meyer entrances on Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Road.

The study, conducted by CH2M Hill and Kittleson and Associates, noted that 're-configuring Tualatin-Sherwood Road (would) have little impact on traffic flow.'

'Ultimately we'd be having just another place to store (the cars in traffic) and really it won't help,' said City Engineer Mike McKillip.

The city was considering creating the third eastbound block-long lane in the hopes it would relieve some traffic congestion.

The reconfiguring would have cost an estimated $152,000. With the limited reported benefit of the project, however, the staff recommended against construction of the third lane for now.