Latest news (April 2017): Utility work in preparation for this project will take another month. The utility work is required before the contractor can begin work on the construction project. Construction on the project will begin in May 2017.
What are the construction impacts?
Throughout construction, road users should expect increased congestion, intermittent flagging, detours and delays in the project area - day and night. There will be weekday lane closures on Pacific Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and nightly lane closures after 7 p.m. On weekends, there will be nighttime lane closures after 6 p.m. Lane closures on Quince Street are permitted only after 7 p.m. (6 p.m. on weekends). There will also be some short-term closures and detours in place on both Pacific Avenue and Quince Street
** Pedestrians: There will be occasional sidewalk closures. A signed ADA-accessible pedestrian detour will be provided
** Bike riders: The existing bike lanes will be closed during construction and signs will direct people on bikes to use the motor vehicle lane
** Transit users: Trimet bus stops in the project area may be temporarily closed/relocated. Visit www.trimet.org for more information
** Business and residential driveways: There will be unavoidable short-term driveway closures. ODOT will work individually with each business to schedule the closures and discuss access. There may be delays departing business and residential driveways due to increased congestion, with occasional flagging
** Noise: Residences and businesses adjacent to the project area may experience daytime and nighttime construction noise. A noise hotline - 971-673-5239 - is available 24 hours a day for reporting noise issues requiring immediate
attention. ODOT staff can be reached via the noise hotline
The Oregon Department of Transportation, in partnership with the City of Forest Grove, is beginning construction in March 2017 on the Pacific Avenue (Oregon 8) at Quince Street (Oregon 47) project in Forest Grove. This project will improve safety, operations and efficiency for people driving cars and trucks, walking, biking and taking transit in the area. This $4.2 million project is estimated to be complete by the end of 2017.
What’s the problem?Traffic often backs up at the intersection, forcing road users to wait through multiple traffic signal cycles before being able to proceed. This is particularly evident on southbound Quince Street. Large trucks have difficulty making right turns in the intersection due to tight turning corners. Lastly, there are a high number of crashes in the vicinity -- particularly rear-end crashes.
The goals of the project are to reduce congestion and delays, reduce travel times for transit users, improve safety and freight mobility, and improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The project elements include:
- Widen Quince Street to build a dedicated right-turn lane for southbound road users turning onto Pacific Avenue. This will reduce congestion at the intersection by providing a dedicated lane for right turners to slow down without affecting the traffic continuing straight. It will also allow trucks to negotiate the corner safely without encroaching on the sidewalk and damaging adjacent property
- Widen Pacific Avenue to build a standard right-turn lane on westbound Pacific Avenue for road users turning onto Quince Street. The existing right-turn lane does not adequately accommodate trucks or provide a standard bike lane
- Build standard bike lanes on the east and north sides of the intersection (on westbound Pacific Avenue and southbound Quince Street)
- Improve sidewalks and ramps, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Add a raised median on Pacific Avenue on the east side of the intersection. This will improve safety by eliminating left turns in and out of driveways in the area
- Improve turning movements in the northwest and northeast quadrants of the intersection
- Evaluate driveways within the project area for safety and compatibility with project design
- April 2016 - Project design complete
- Fall 2016 through Feb 2017 - Utility work in the intersection (this has to occur before construction begins)
- March 2017 - Project construction begins
- Fall 2017 - Construction ends
Thank you to those who participated in the March 16, 2017 open house. The displays from the open house will be posted shortly.
Questions or comments?
For questions or to be added to the email distribution list, contact Lili Boicourt, ODOT Community Affairs: