Skip to main content

Oregon State Flag An official website of the State of Oregon »


Barbur Crossroads Safety Project

Project Completed

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

​​​The Oregon Department of Transportation made safety improvements to the Barbur Crossroads area where SW Barbur Blvd, SW Capitol Hwy and SW Taylors Ferry Rd meet. These safety improvements included a new sidewalk, accessible curb ramps, pedestrian countdown signals, new illumination, new bicycle markings and a prohibited left turn to reduce crashes.


Construction Impacts

Construction is complete and there are no more construction impacts.


Update October 2022
Construction is now complete on this project.



​Construction began in January 2022 and was completed in October 2022.

See our fall 2021 project fact sheet here.

We have completed safety improvements to the Barbur crossroads area where SW Barbur Blvd, SW Capitol Hwy and SW Taylors Ferry Rd meet. Project safety elements included a 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 was to improve safety.

To improve safety for those traveling by vehicle, we prohibited left turns for vehicles traveling northbound on SW Capitol Hwy at the SW Barbur Blvd intersection. Drivers may no longer 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.​


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 on-ramp 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. 
Si desea obtener información sobre este proyecto traducida al español, sírvase llamar al 503-731-4128.

Qorshayaasha, adeegyada turjumaada/fasiraada, ama wixii macluumaad dheeraad ah ee ADA Title II ama Xuquuqda Madaniga Title VI wac 503-731-4128, TTY (800) 735-2900 ama isticmaal Adeegyada Gudbinta Wararka: 7-1-1.

Если вы хотите, чтобы информация об этом проекте была переведена на русский язык, пожалуйста, звоните по телефону 503-731-4128.
如果您想瞭解這個項目翻譯成 繁體中文 的相關資訊,請致電(503731-4128. 如果您想了解这个项目翻译成 简体中文 的相关信息,请致电503-731-4128​.
프로젝트에 관한 한국어로 자료 신청방법 전화: 503-731-4128​.
Nếu quý vị muốn thông tin về dự án này được dịch sang tiếng Việt, xin gọi 503-731-4128

Contacts & Media

Project Contact

Community Affairs Coordinator
Hope Estes

Get Project Alerts

Sign up for the newsletter!

Last Updated

9/19/2023 2:13 PM

Project Number


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.