Alterations are going to be made to the railroad-highway crossing at Oregon Avenue to include an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant safe crossing on the north side of the street. The project, which is slated to be finished within the next two years, will be completely funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Sidewalk Improvement Program, City Manager Michelle Amberg said.
She said it ”won’t fix the intersection” but will provide a safe crossing for pedestrians and people with mobility challenges.
It’s a hot spot in town. That Oregon Avenue crossing sees a daily average of around 13,500 vehicles, according to the study. There is a daily average of four freight trains and four switching movements over the crossing as well.
ODOT Rail and the Public Transit Division Department (PTD) has authority over the construction, alteration and protection of railroad-highway crossings in the State of Oregon.
A diagnostic team consisting of representatives from Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad (CORP), ODOT, the City of Creswell, and PTD reviewed the crossing site on Sept. 26, 2017. ODOT then submitted application to alter the crossing on Nov. 28, 2018.
The scope of the proposed crossing project includes constructing a six foot wide sidewalk and ADA-compliant enhancements on the north side of the crossing to provide a better connected pedestrian route through the City. ODOT will also furnish, install, and maintain two tactile warning strips, which are designed to inform and secure the travels of blind and visually impaired people in areas with obstacles.