On Redmond City Council will consider approving a $447,751 contract with Bar Seven A Companies Inc. for the construction of left turn lanes at the intersection of US HWY 126 and 35thStreet. The proposed dedicated turn lanes will improve safety at the intersection by reducing opportunities for rear-end collisions while maintaining the flow of east and westbound traffic. If approved, construction will begin in late June with completion scheduled for .
“This intersection has a history of collisions and finding a solution to make it safer has been a high priority for Redmond City Council,” comments Mayor George Endicott. “Over a three-year period, 10 of 13 collisions have been rear-end types from vehicles failing to stop when traffic ahead was stopped waiting to turn. Adding turning left turn lanes to the intersection will be a significant safety improvement and I look forward to seeing them drastically reduce the incidents of dangerous driving behaviors we have been experiencing at that location.”
Recent traffic studies revealed both current and forecasted traffic counts do not meet the required thresholds to install a traffic signal at the intersection. Further analysis recommended the best way to improve safety would be the construction of left turn lanes. The City has also included an additional long-term safety improvement measure of widening US HWY 126 from SW Rimrock to 35th Street in its Transportation System Plan (2016-2020).
“The City and ODOT will continue to monitor the intersection,” states City Engineer, Mike Caccavano. “Should we experience significant growth in traffic volume, pedestrian crossings, speed or other threshold considerations we will work to develop additional improvements.”