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OR 47: Missouri Avenue to Texas Avenue (Vernonia)
Project Information
As part of the effort to rebuild Vernonia schools after the 2007 flood, ODOT made improvements to OR 47/Bridge Street spanning Missouri Avenue and Texas Avenue.  This is adjacent to the location of the new K-12 school.  These improvements focused on creating a safe connection between Bridge Street and Missouri Avenue for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.  Construction began in May 2012 and was complete in time for the school grand opening in August 2012.  The contractor was Eagle-Elsner, Inc.
Project elements included:
  • OR 47/Bridge Street was widened with a dedicated left turn lane for motorists turning onto Missouri Avenue
  • A new marked crosswalk was built at Missouri Avenue for pedestrians crossing OR 47/Bridge Street. The new crosswalk includes a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB).  An RRFB displays bright, yellow flashing lights designed to be visible to approaching motorists when pedestrians press a signed roadside button. This alerts drivers that pedestrians are ready to use the crosswalk and to remind drivers that they are responsible for stopping to allow pedestrians to cross. 
  • The marked crosswalk at Texas Avenue was removed to encourage use of the new safer crossing at Missouri Avenue
  • Sidewalks were widened, including one section on the south side of OR 47/Bridge Street that is now 10 feet wide.
  • Construction work also included rebuilding Missouri Avenue, as the main access to the new school

View a map of the area with project elements.

ODOT Contact Information
Lili Boicourt, ODOT Community Affairs