ODOT began construction in April 2015 on a safety improvement project on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway (BH Highway/OR 10) at Western Avenue/103rd Avenue in Beaverton. Work was complete in fall 2015.
The intersection of BH Highway and Western Avenue/103rd Avenue has seen a high number of rear-end and turning crashes. Many crashes occur as drivers make the unsafe left turn from 103rd Avenue to BH Highway. From 2007-2011, there were 36 crashes and 1 serious injury at the intersection. 60% of the crashes were rear-end crashes and 40% were turning crashes. One major element of the project was to restrict left turns from 103rd Avenue onto BH Highway.
- Build a raised center median on BH Highway restricting left turns out of 103rd Avenue onto the highway. Road users will still be able to turn left onto 103rd Avenue from BH Highway, and will also still be able to make right turns onto and off of 103rd Avenue
- Narrow the road width of the north end of Western Avenue where it meets BH Highway. This will decrease the walking distance for those using the crosswalk, and will also slow vehicles down turning between Western Avenue and BH Highway
- Upgrade the pedestrian signals at the three corners in the BH Highway/Western intersection to include a timed countdown
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