Fix OR 43 & B Avenue corner today
Drivers southbound on OR43 (State Street) in Lake Oswego headed to West Linn get stuck behind TriMet buses and trucks at "B" Avenue, during rush hour.
Lake Oswego City Council on March 19, 2019 Tuesday at 3 p.m. is about to make a go/no go decision that will impede West Linn bound drivers for next fifty (50) years.
Standard 40-foot TriMet city buses have had difficulty making a right-hand turn from southbound OR43 (State Street) to westbound B Avenue for nearly 42 years.
The corner turn radius is too short (tight) to accommodate both TriMet buses and long trucks.
A dedicated right-hand turn lane needs to be created when the "North Anchor" Project is approved shortly. City of Lake Oswego owns this critical property on the NW corner of State Street and B Ave that impedes buses and trucks.
ODOT Region 1 (Portland Metro) wrote a letter to that effect and sent it to City of Lake Oswego circa December 2017. No action or recognition of the letter in any LO City Council discussions or planning documents about the "North Anchor" project has taken place. TriMet drivers know the problems with this intersection.
However bus drivers, over 42 years, have become fatalistic in the face of indifferent bureaucrats, and elected officials at multiple levels of government. All backed by influential development interests. Frustrated OR43 West Linn commuters need to take action now.
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