Safety improvements designed to ease high crash rate

The public is invited to the second of two community meetings to weigh in on a series of safety improvements planned for Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha.

The plan addresses ways to reduce the high crash rate along the highway between Southwest 182nd and 187th avenues and create a safer environment for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit-riders.

The area is one of the top safety concerns in Washington County with many rear-end and turning crashes around 185th Avenue, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The meeting will be held Thursday, March 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Portland Community College Willow Creek center, 241 S.W. Edgeway Drive, near 185th Avenue and Baseline Road, part of the Aloha-Reedville Study area.

During the meeting, the public will get a chance to discuss the plans with ODOT staff members involved with the project.

Major safety concerns involve the numerous driveways close to 185th Avenue; poor visibility caused by short sight distances, poor street lighting and poorly placed signs; and transit stops in locations that cause traffic backups.

From 2008 through 2012, the area saw 137 crashes, 56 percent of them led to injuries. Some took place during congested commute times but many occurred outside rush-hour commutes.

The proposed solutions are designed to increase safety by minimizing vehicle conflicts.

The plans include:

  • A raised traffic separator on TV Highway between 182nd and 187th avenues, with turns still available at 185th and 187th avenues. This will help reduce crashes caused by left turns.

    n Allowing U-turns both westbound and eastbound at 185th Avenue, providing for safer access to both directions on the highway.

  • Additional lighting and pedestrian countdown signals at 185th Avenue, providing pedestrians with more information and making them more visible to motorists and bicyclists.

  • Building bus pull-outs and considering whether to move bus stops to the far side of the traffic signals, improving signal operation and reducing rear-end crashes.
  • The formal safety audit, which considered the safety of all road-users, involved two days of driving, walking and biking all aspects of the study area.

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