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Scappoose council mulls truck route change

Council reviewing Tualatin's plan to identify safety issues
by: Spotlight file photo STOP BUS? — The CC Rider bus system, which Columbia County operates, is taking an alternate route through Scappoose due to safety concerns on narrow roads. Here a bus stops on northeast Prairie Street and awaits passengers.

The city of Scappoose is considering a vehicle length restriction on some city roads due to safety concerns.

The potential restrictions stem from safety complaints about portions of Northeast Second Street, said City Planner Brian Varricchione.

The city hasn't identified exactly what criteria they will use for identifying what makes specific streets more dangerous but will likely mimic the criteria that the city of Tualatin made when it restricted traffic, Varricchione said.

Tualatin's criteria considered the turning radius of an intersection, the width of a street or roadway, the maximum length and or weight of a truck that can safely maneuver the intersection and the speed limit, among other things.

City Manager Jon Hanken said Northeast Second Street near Crown Zellerbach Logging Road is a lot narrower than other streets and is a potential problem spot for truck and bus traffic.

'That's the route the Columbia Rider used,' Hanken said. 'Bus traffic on a narrow road; that's what began the general conversation. Now we want to take a more comprehensive look at how traffic flows.'

Janet Wright, transit director of the Columbia County Rider, said the organization changed its bus route after complaints.

Now the bus steers clear of narrow-street neighborhoods where safety could be a concern, she said.

'It's taking more time to do that and it isn't as efficient, but it gets [the bus] out of the neighborhood,' Wright said.

Wright is looking for a centralized location that will be easily accessible from U.S. 30 for its park-and-ride facility, and recently received an Oregon Department of Transportation grant to help develop that facility.

Wright said she will conduct a public process to ensure input from neighbors regarding potential sites.

Discussions will begin sometime after July 1, when the new fiscal year begins, Wright said.