Improvements to the intersection of Highways 8 and 47 (Pacific Avenue and Quince Street, respectively) are coming along.
The project aims to make the intersection safer and keep traffic running smoother, with reduced congestion and delays, as well as improved mobility for freight traffic. The final design will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.
When construction is complete, the new features will include a raised median in the center of Pacific Avenue east of the intersection; one improved right-hand turn lane (with a bike lane) for west-bound drivers on Pacific Avenue turning onto Quince Street; and one new turn lane (with a bike lane) that allows drivers to turn west from Quince Street onto Pacific Avenue.
The corner ramps that dip from the sidewalk into the crosswalks will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Utility work on the intersection is expected to be completed by March 1. Tualatin Valley Irrigation District crews are replacing a water line in addition to upgrading power and Internet lines.
Construction on the intersection will start in March and the project is expected to be completed by next fall, 2017. There will be some short-term sidewalk closures during that time but ADA-accessible detours will be provided. Existing bike lanes will also be closed during construction and bicyclists will have to ride in the vehicle lanes. Drivers should expect delays, flagging and detours during construction, mostly during the day.
The project is a partnership between the city of Forest Grove and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
By Stephanie Haugen
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times
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