The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be making safety improvements to the Barbur Crossroads area where SW Barbur Blvd, SW Capitol Hwy and SW Taylors Ferry Rd meet. The project includes many safety elements including a new wider sidewalk, ADA ramps, pedestrian countdown signals, new illumination, new bicycle markings, as well as a slight change to traffic operations to reduce vehicle crashes. The top priority of this project is to improve safety.
To improve safety for those traveling by vehicle, left turns will be prohibited for vehicles traveling northbound on SW Capitol Hwy at the SW Barbur Blvd intersection. Vehicles will not be able to turn left from SW Capitol Hwy onto SW Barbur Blvd or the I-5 Southbound onramp.
Why not add a protected left turn signal?
As this is a complex set of intersections, our traffic engineers completed a holistic analysis of the Barbur Crossroads area, weighing different options with the goal of reducing crashes. We looked closely at an option to add a protected left turn at the SW Capitol Hwy at SW Barbur Blvd intersection for traffic heading north on SW Capitol Hwy. The traffic analysis for this scenario showed a substantial increase in congestion on streets surrounding this intersection.
How will I get to I-5 and Barbur southbound?
There are many available alternate routes to access I-5 southbound or SW Barbur Blvd southbound. The map below shows, in purple, routes that many travelers are currently using and may continue to use.
SW Barbur Blvd at SW Capitol Hwy
Cost and Funding
$2,975,700 from All Road Transportation Safety (ARTS) funding
This project is expected improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. It will introduce a slight change to vehicle operations at the intersection of SW Barbur Blvd and SW Capitol Hwy to reduce crashes and ensure drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are taking the safest paths available.
What Problem Will This
The intersection of SW Barbur Blvd at SW Capitol Hwy is in the top 10% of the statewide Safety Priority Index System (SPIS). There have been at least 161 crashes in the intersection since 2008, 16% of which are directly related to northbound traffic on SW Capitol Hwy turning left onto SW Barbur Blvd or the I-5 southbound freeway onramp and 51% of these crashes were rear-end or side swipe crashes
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