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Turn-lane construction aims to curb crashes on Beef Bend Road


Construction crews are expected to start work this month on a project that should make driving through Tigard and King City a little bit safer.

Oregon Department of Transportation crews will begin roadwork on Pacific Highway at Southwest Beef Bend Road, adding a dedicated right-turn lane on southbound Pacific Highway.

It’s a simple improvement but Don Hamilton, a spokesman for ODOT, said that the change should help reduce the number of crashes at the intersection.

In the past five years, ODOT has recorded 45 crashes at the intersection.

The majority of those were rear-end crashes from vehicles traveling southbound on Pacific Highway.

Hamilton said that by adding a turn lane, crashes are expected to drop significantly.

“The idea is that this will reduce the number of crashes and improve safety and improve the operation of the intersection,” Hamilton said.

Work on the safety improvements will mainly be done during business hours Monday through Friday, though some work will also be done at night, Hamilton said.

Some lanes will need to be closed intermittently.

“There will be no lanes closed during the daytime, or during rush-hour,” Hamilton said.

The same can’t be said for Southwest Beef Bend Road, which will have occasional lane closures during the day.

The bicycle lane in that portion of Pacific Highway will be closed during the entirety of construction, but Hamilton said that a walking trail running alongside the road will remain open during construction.

The bicycle lane and access ramps for the disabled at the northwest corner of Pacific Highway and Beef Bend Road will be reopened after construction is completed, Hamilton said.

ODOT has set up a 24-hour noise hotline for neighbors to call should construction get too loud, especially during night work: 503-412-2350.

Progress on construction will also be posted on ODOT’s website each week.

Along with safety improvements, Hamilton said that the construction would help alleviate congestion along the entire highway.

“If we can create better efficiency along the corridor and the road then people will get home on time; they’ll get to work on time,” Hamilton said. “That’s part of what we are trying to do here.”

The lane should be open by summer with final construction wrapping up around September.