REDMOND, OR -- Two people were hurt in a crash at SW 35th Street and Highway 126, during Tuesday morning's commute.
Redmond City Engineer Mike Caccavano tells KBND News improvements are already in the pipeline for the intersection, which is a known trouble spot. "This came about as a result of some traffic studies that were done for developments proposed around Obsidian and 35th. The results showed there would be added trips to that intersection and that the left turn movement was already failing – there was a safety issue."
He says there are some serious crashes in the area every year, but even more close calls. "You can tell that from the black tire marks on the roadway. What often happens: someone is stopping in traffic to make a left turn and people come up on them and don’t realize they’ve stopped. Or they’re farther back in the line as the cars stop. That’s been the most typical accident." Although, Redmond Police say a preliminary investigation into Tuesday's crash shows a vehicle northbound on 35th failed to yield to highway traffic.
The half-million dollar project will include widening Highway 126, also known as Highland Avenue, and adding left turn lanes. "We’ve been working on it since the summer; we have a consulting engineer working on it and consulting with ODOT, because it is an ODOT facility." The work will be paid for with city System Development Charges. Caccavano expects work to begin this winter.