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Significant Updates Announced for Oregon's Highway 42 Project

12:45 AM ยท Jun 28, 2023

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is incorporating public feedback in the redesign of the Oregon 42: Lookingglass Creek to Interstate 5 project, thereby addressing critical safety concerns and improving local access. ODOT initially planned to limit left turns from westbound Oregon 42 onto Winery Lane. However, following objections from local businesses about the difficulty large trucks would face maneuvering sharp turns in the alternate direction, the department reconsidered. This decision will also yield cost savings, freeing up resources to address other raised issues. One primary concern was the risk of rear-end and nighttime crashes. In response, ODOT will add right-turn lanes for westbound Oregon 42 traffic at Landers Avenue and Rolling Hills Road, allowing motorists to exit the highway before turning and reducing rear-end collision risks. Additionally, the new traffic signal at Rolling Hills Road will be equipped with streetlights, and more will be installed at Landers Avenue and Jackie Avenue to improve nighttime visibility. Approximately $17.8 million has been allocated for this project, bidding for which is scheduled for October 2024. The bulk of the funding will be spent on paving and bridge repairs, with around 13% dedicated to the new traffic signal and other safety enhancements. As part of the safety measures, barriers and traffic separators will be installed on Oregon 42 between Rolling Hills Road and Carnes Road, complete with U-turn accommodations at both intersections. Despite concerns about the barrier's impact on the community, it is a proven safety mechanism that aligns with the Oregon 42 Expressway Management Plan and is expected to prevent crashes and save lives. Public involvement was high, with over 50 people attending the open house in November 2022. ODOT received numerous feedback through comment cards, emails, and calls. A detailed summary of these responses is available at www.Winston42.com.

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