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ODOT improving high-crash crossing

Dubarko and Highway 211 is among the state's worst intersections


Preliminary work is progressing at the intersection of Dubarko Road and Highway 211.

A contractor for the Oregon Department of Transportation is demolishing a home at the southeast corner of the intersection.

Removing the home is necessary to allow space for the new road alignment. Dubarko Road and Highway 211 do not meet at a 90-degree angle, which causes drivers on Dubarko to miss seeing some vehicles traveling on Highway 211.

The new road alignment, along with the removal of some vegetation and road banks, will greatly improve drivers’ views of the highway and oncoming traffic.

Even though some of the work is being done in this construction season, the project is still in the design phase, said Don Hamilton of ODOT.

He said it might be several months before bids are received for the bulk of the project. That phase, Hamilton said, is likely to begin construction in the spring of 2014.

No changes have been made to the plan, which was formulated following a public meeting in the Sandy City Hall last October.

One of the steps in the process was having the city of Sandy approve an intergovernmental agreement, which it did earlier this month.

ODOT is designing a project to improve safety for drivers at this intersection. Project elements include improving the angle of the intersection and removing obstructions as well as removing some of the embankment in the northeast area of the intersection to improve sight distance for drivers.

This intersection is in the top 5 percent of worst intersections in the state. It is considered a high-crash location.

In the four years between 2006 and 2010, 26 crashes occurred. Crash data shows that most crashes involve vehicles crossing the highway at Dubarko Road.

For more information, call 503-731-8281 or visit oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/Pages/OR211andDubarko.aspx.