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Barbur Crossroads Safety Project

Construction Phase

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Portland, Multnomah)

​The Oregon Department of Transportation is 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 sidewalk, ADA ramps, pedestrian countdown signals, new illumination, new bicycle markings, as well as a slight change to traffic operations to reduce vehicle crashes.


Traffic Impact

​If you travel in the Barbur crossroads area, expect traffic impacts, construction noise, and possible
delays during construction, including:
• Regular lane closures on Barbur Blvd, Capitol Hwy and Taylors Ferry Rd.
• 24/7 right lane, right turn or shoulder closures for up to a week at a time during concrete
pouring and curing.
• Some limited road closures up to 20 minutes for signal work or sign installation.
• Some limited nighttime ramp closures on the I-5 ramps in the area for sign replacement.

Traffic impacts will change throughout construction as crews complete different activities.
Check back on this website or​ to know what to expect as you plan your trips.

Construction Impacts

We expect night work during this project and nighttime noise will include backup alarms and noise from construction trucks and heavy equipment, such as generators, dump trucks, pavement rollers and street sweepers. We expect up to 56 nights of work in the area. Nighttime hours will be vary by day of the week, with most work occuring between 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. For nighttime noise concerns, call our 24/7 noise hotline at 503-276-7812.


Construction is currently paused until early January, 2022. If you travel in the area you will see construction activities beginning around January 3. Construction will happen in stages, and we will share more specific information about traffic impacts here as crews work on different stages. Check back on this website or sign up for email updates by clicking here​.



​Construction begins in January 2022! 

See our fall 2021 project fact sheet here.

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 section of new wider sidewalk, accessible sidewalk curb ramps, pedestrian countdown signals, new illumination, new bicycle markings across three intersections, 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, we will prohibit left turns 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 south on-ramp.

See the project map below for the locations of the project improvements:

 Barbur Crossroads Project Map Nov 2021.jpg

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.
Vicinity route map.jpg 


OR 99W | 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 Improve?

​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.

Additional Information

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1. 
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Project Contact

Community Affairs Coordinator
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Last Updated

12/10/2021 12:41 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Barbur Road Safety Audit.pdfThis is the report from the 2015 Barbur Road Safety Audit.
Barbur Crossroads Construction Mailer Nov 2021.pdfThe project includes sidewalk curb ramps, a section of new sidewalk, green bicycle markings, lighting, pedestrian countdown timers, and a prohibited left turn in the area where Barbur Boulevard, Capitol Highway and Taylors Ferry Road meet.