Construction began in June 2014 and will be complete by November 2014.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, left turns will not be permitted into or out of Royal Villa Drive. This is a permanent change. Road users who previously used the center median break at Royal Villa Drive to make left turns or U-turns, will need to use one of the following alternatives:
** All vehicles coming out of Royal Villa Drive onto OR 99W will be required to turn right. For those needing to go south, U-turns can be made at Durham Road
** All vehicles heading south on OR 99W that would normally turn left into Royal Villa Drive (or make a U-turn) will be able to use the new U-turn signal at Fischer Road
Statistics show a high crash rate on OR 99W at Royal Villa Drive. The center median closure is required to eliminate T-bone crashes and other related crashes in the area.
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Construction began in June 2014 on a project to improve safety on OR 99W from Fischer Road to Durham Road in King City and Tigard. Once complete, traffic in the area should see a reduction in crashes and all road users will have a safer environment. Construction is slated for completion by November 2014.
There have been a high number of crashes on OR 99W in the vicinity of Fischer Road and Royal Villa Drive, some of them resulting in serious injuries. These are primarily rear-end crashes on OR 99W southbound just south of Fischer Road, and T-bone crashes at the center median opening on OR 99W at Royal Villa Drive.
To address these safety concerns, the project design calls for:
** Closing the center median opening on OR 99W at Royal Villa Drive. This will eliminate the T-bone collisions. Left turns in and out of Royal Villa Drive and U-turns in the median opening will no longer be possible
** Providing for U-turns on OR 99W southbound at Fischer Road. A left-turn lane and a U-turn signal will be installed at the intersection. This will assist southbound travelers who are bound for Royal Villa Drive or wish to head north
** Building a bus stop pullout on OR 99W southbound just south of Fischer Road. This will reduce rear-end crashes at this intersection
** Addressing the safety issue at OR 99W and the entrance of Tigard Towne Square by creating a safe separation for vehicles turning right into the shopping center and those turning right onto Durham Road
** Adding new sidewalk on OR 99W northbound from Fischer Road to Tigard Towne Square
** Lengthening the left turn lane on OR 99W northbound for Fischer Road
** Lengthening the left turn lane on OR 99W northbound for Durham Road
** Adding new lighting at the intersection of OR 99W and Durham Road
** Relocating the OR 99W northbound bus stop currently at Royal Villa Drive closer to the Fischer Road intersection
** Improving signal technology at the intersections of OR 99W at Fischer Road and Durham Road
** Road users should expect intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures on OR 99W from June 2014 through the end of the year
** The center median opening on OR 99W at Royal Villa Drive will close a few months before the new U-turn signal will be operational at Fischer Road. Vehicles that use the center median opening for left turns or U-turns can use the center median opening farther south at the fire station
** Sidewalk closures will occur intermittently. The contractor is required to provide a signed ADA-accessible pedestrian detour during any sidewalk closures
** Road users should expect increased congestion and delays in the project area
Residences and businesses adjacent to the project area may experience daytime and nighttime construction noise. A noise hotline is available 24 hours a day for reporting noise problems or incidents requiring immediate attention. That number is 503-412-2376. ODOT staff will be available to answer immediate noise concerns during nighttime work by calling the noise hotline.
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Lili Boicourt, ODOT Community Affairs