ODOT is installing five rectangular rapid flashing beacons in the Portland area. Construction is happening now and we expect it to be complete by summer 2022.
About Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons
Rectangular rapid flashing beacons, or RRFBs, use flashing yellow lights to alert drivers that someone is crossing the street. Pedestrians activate the beacons with the press of a button. ODOT installs RRFBs at specific crossings with high pedestrian and vehicle traffic because they can reduce crashes by as much as 47 percent according to the Federal Highway Administration.
In addition to the RRFBs at five intersections, this project will:
- Improve lighting at each location to improve visibility.
- Construct accessible sidewalk curb ramps at each location.
- Construct sidewalks where there are gaps at three locations along Oregon 99E.
- Stripe for buffered bike lanes in places where sidewalk work is planned and space allows on OR 99E/McLoughlin Boulevard.
At the intersection of OR 8 (TV Highway), also known as North Adair Street, and 12th Avenue in Cornelius, both crosswalks across North Adair Street will be enhanced with Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons. These crosswalks both have significant use by people crossing the highway. When either the west or east side Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon is activated by someone crossing the highway, both beacons will flash to alert drivers.
82nd Avenue at SE Mitchell Street
At the intersection of OR 213 (82nd Avenue) and SE Mitchell Street in Portland, we will enhance the north side of the intersection with crosswalk striping and a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon. Currently, neither crosswalk is marked.
At the intersection of OR 213 (82nd Avenue) and NE Pacific Street in Portland, we will enhance the south side of the intersection with crosswalk striping and a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon. There is an existing pedestrian median island in the south side of the intersection.
At the intersections of OR 99E (McLoughlin Boulevard) and SE Boardman and Hull Avenues in Clackamas County, the south side of both intersections are currently marked crosswalks and we will enhance the crosswalks with Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons.
OR 99E sidewalk improvements
We will construct sidewalks where there are gaps:
- On the east side of McLoughlin Boulevard, from SE Boardman Avenue south for about 550 feet.
- On the west side of McLoughlin Boulevard from SE Arista Drive north for about 200 feet.
- On the west side of McLoughlin Boulevard between SE Hull and Meldrum Avenues for about 400 feet.
Crosswalk closures adjacent to Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons
In most cases, when ODOT installs a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon, we mark the other crosswalk across the highway at the intersection as closed.
When a crosswalk is marked at an intersection, it is the designated crossing. Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons enhance that crossing. Closing the other crosswalk across the highway directs people crossing the highway to the enhanced crosswalk.
At 82nd Avenue at SE Mitchell Street, 82nd Avenue at NE Pacific St, and OR 99E at SE Boardman and Hull Avenues, ODOT plans to close the other crosswalks across the highway.
Learn more about other ODOT rapid flashing beacon projects
We are preparing to install over 20 other RRFBs to improve safety for people crossing highways in Portland and many other places in the metro area in the next several years. To learn more about these projects or watch a video or two about how RRFBs work, visit https://tinyurl.com/RapidFlashingBeacons
82nd Avenue, OR 99E/SE McLoughlin Boulevard, and OR 8/N Adair Street
Cost and Funding
The estimated construction cost for this project is $3.04 million.
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons can create more visibility at pedestrian crossings and help alert drivers that people are trying to cross the road.
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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