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, Curb Extensions, new illumination, new bicycle markings, as well as changes to traffic operations to reduce vehicle crashes. The top priority of this project is to improve safety.
To improve vehicle safety, left turns will be prohibited for vehicles traveling northbound on SW Capitol Hwy at the 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 showed a substantial increase in congestion in two areas: northbound traffic approaching SW Barbur Blvd on SW Capitol Hwy and southbound traffic approaching SW Barbur Blvd on SW Capitol Hwy.
Barbur at SW Capitol Hwy SW Capitol Hwy
Cost and Funding
$2,975,700 from All Road Transportation Safety (ARTS) funding
This project will improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. It will change operations in the crossroads 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 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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