Friday, March 12, 2010

Construction has begun on the ARRA stimulus-funded project to install ‘flashing yellow arrow’ left turn signals at many intersections throughout Tigard. These signals show a flashing yellow arrow allowing drivers to turn left when there are gaps in opposing traffic and no pedestrians in the crosswalk. Drivers were previously stuck waiting at a red arrow.

The contractor has begun installation of these signals on 72nd Avenue, and will be moving to Upper Boones Ferry Road and Durham Road next. When they are working on a particular intersection, they will need to close the left turn lane at that intersection for a few hours, which will result in some traffic delays during the installation. This project will include some signals on Pacific Hwy 99W, which will be installed at night to minimize traffic disruption.

For questions about the overall project, contact Mike McCarthy at 503-718-2462. Nancy Newcomb, from Washington County, is the lead inspector.

Once the contractor finishes installing the signal hardware, it will take a few weeks to reprogram the signal timing before the flashing yellow arrows will be turned on. We are looking forward to spending less time waiting at red arrows, while still keeping a good level of safety.

More information is posted on Tigard’s website at:

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