Striping changes on OR 99E south of Oregon City
Several crashes and near miss crashes have occurred along Highway 99E, between Oregon City and Canby. ODOT worked over the past several years to reduce these crashes by adding left-turn lanes along Highway 99E.
Previouslly, left turn movements were made from the fast (left) lane in each direction of the highway. As cars stop waiting to turn, high speed rear end accidents or near misses often occurred. Adding a left-turn lane will reduce the potential for crashes by providing a safe place for drivers to pull on and off the highway. However, the addition of the left-turn lane required removing one or more through travel lanes along Highway 99E. In the summer of 2012, ODOT will add left-turn lanes in the following locations:
- Highway 99E south of 2nd Street to near MP 13.8
South from the 2nd
Street intersection, ODOT will construct a continuous left-turn lane. When the left-turn lane is constructed, there will be only one southbound travel lane and one northbound travel lane.
- Highway 99E north of South End Road
North of the South End Road intersection, ODOT will extend the left-turn lane approximately 1/3 of a mile. Adding the left turn median requires removing one southbound travel lane, leaving two northbound travel lanes and one southbound travel lane.
Adding the left-turn lanes will improve safety along these sections of highway Removing travel lanes to accommodate the left-turn lanes is not expected to increase congestion or travel times.