Improvements include closing center median opening at Royal Villa Drive and adding new sidewalk on 99W northbound

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - EXPLAINING THE DETAILS - Lili Boicourt with ODOT talks to a man at the June 12 open house at King City City Hall about the 99W improvement project.Construction started in June on a project to improve safety along 99W between Fischer Road and Durham Road, and once complete, drivers in the area should see a reduction in crashes, plus all road-users will have a safer environment.

Construction is slated for completion by the end of 2014.

The project includes:

-- Closing the center median opening on 99W at Royal Villa Drive so that left turns in and out of Royal Villa Drive and U-turns in the median opening will no longer be possible;

-- Providing U-turns on 99W southbound at Fischer Road and installing a left-turn lane and a U-turn signal at the intersection. This will assist southbound travelers who are bound for Royal Villa Drive or wish to head north;

-- Building a bus stop pullout on 99W southbound just south of Fischer Road and relocating the bus stop on 99W northbound closer to Fischer Road;

-- Building a safe separation for vehicles on 99W northbound turning right into Tigard Towne Square and those turning right onto Durham Road;

-- Adding a new sidewalk on 99W northbound from Fischer Road to Tigard Towne Square;

-- Lengthening the left-turn lane on 99W northbound for Fischer Road and Durham Road; and

-- Adding new lighting at the intersection of 99W and Durham Road.

Traffic impacts include the following:

-- Road-users should expect intermittent nighttime lane closures on 99W from June through the end of the year;

-- In general, work will occur Sunday through Thursday nights;

-- Any daytime work will be in the shoulders of 99W or on Fischer Road, Durham Road and/or Royal Villa Drive;

-- The center median opening on 99W at Royal Villa Drive will close a few months before the new U-turn signal will be operational at Fischer Road. Drivers who use the center median opening for left turns or U-turns can use the center median opening farther south at the fire station;

-- Sidewalk closures will occur intermittently. The contractor is required to provide a signed American with Disabilities Act-accessible pedestrian detour during any sidewalk closures;

-- Road-users should expect increased congestion and delays in the project area.

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - GETTING THE SCOOP - David Kim (right), ODOT area manager, answers questions about the 99W project from Billie Reynolds of King City and Doug Dunster of Royal Villas, who said he opposes the project in part because Royal Villas residents will no longer be able to turn south on 99W but have to drive north to Durham Road and made a U-turn.Residences and businesses adjacent to the project area may experience daytime and nighttime construction noise. A noise hotline is available 24 hours a day for reporting noise problems or incidents requiring immediate attention. That number is 503-412-2376.

ODOT staff will be available to answer immediate noise concerns during nighttime work by calling the noise hotline.

The project website will have current information, including detailed traffic impacts in a weekly construction update posted every Friday at

People may visit or call 5-1-1 for current traffic conditions and impacts.

Contact Lili Boicourt, ODOT community affairs, at 503-731-8247or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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