Improvements include closing center median opening at Royal Villa Drive and adding new sidewalk on 99W northbound
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.
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 www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/pages/fischer.aspx.
People may visit www.tripcheck.com or call 5-1-1 for current traffic conditions and impacts.