BEND, OR -- The Brookswood Roundabout project in Southwest Bend led to the installation of two temporary stop signs at the intersection of Brookswood Blvd and Baker Rd, creating a three-way stop. Now that the roundabout is open, many drivers want the interim stop signs to remain.
Deschutes County Roads Supervisor Chris Doty tells KBND they are considering the idea. “We have had some positive feedback from drivers in the area. They’ve asked us to keep it in place. And so what we’ve promised back to them is that once the roundabout project was opened and traffic is normalized once again back to it’s original flow, we would go ahead and conduct an analysis of the intersection to determine if it is a good idea to keep it in place or return it back to it’s original configuration.”
Doty adds, “What we’ll do is count the traffic and use traffic engineering warrants to determine if it’s a good idea or a bad idea just based on the engineering conditions to keep it as an all-way stop or return it back to an existing single-leg stop configuration.”
Public comment is being accepted at the Deschutes County Road Department. The traffic analysis should be completed by September 18, at which time the county will announce its decision.