This project will rebuild the intersection of US30 (Cascade Ave.) and Rand Road to align the north and south roads of the intersection, add a traffic signal, improve or add sidewalk and curb ramps accessible to people with disabilities, improve stormwater drainage, and add new street-lighting. These changes will increase safety and improve traffic operations and accesibility for all travelers.
The current arrangement of this intersection makes it difficult for people to cross U.S. 30 (Cascade Avenue) on foot due to a lack of marked crossings and signals west of 13th street. At Rand Road, a section of missing sidewalk on the southwest corner of the intersection requires pedestrians to walk on the highway shoulder or cut through a private parking lot.
This intersection also has a history of vehicle crashes. The offset between the north and south approaches to the intersection (Rand Road) make it difficult for vehicles to cross and turn safely.
US30 (Cascade Avenue)
Cost and Funding
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is a traffic light going in and not a roundabout?
There are a couple of reasons why the City of Hood River recommended a traffic light instead of a roundabout. The steep roads to the north and south would make it very difficult to fit a roundabout in this location. In addition, a roundabout would have to be big enough to allow for the large trucks that travel on state highways. Due to the large size, it was not possible to design a roundabout without severly impacting nearby businesses and private properties.
Will the new intersection be accessible?
The new intersection plans have many features that will make it accessible to everyone. New sidewalk and curb ramps will be installed at all four corners of the intersection to make crossing easier and safer. The intersection will also have lighting for pedestrians, and a visual and audible pedestrian crossing signal.
Who is paying for this new intersection?
The City of Hood River and ODOT are both contributing funds towards this project, with ODOT contributing $750,000 and the City covering the remaining costs.
Are other nearby intersections being looked at for improvement?
ODOT currently has no other projects in this immidiate area, but the City of Hood River is currently evaluating additional improvements to this entire corridor on a planning level. For more information on City of Hood River projects click here.