FOREST GROVE, Ore. (KOIN) — A town hall meeting is expected to bring many Forest Grove residents to the Community Auditorium over the issue of traffic safety on Highway 47.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Following the deaths of two Pacific University students in a crash on Highway 47, nearby residents began an online petition to have ODOT make improvements.
Kiden Dilla, 18, and Ayan Osman, 19, died when the Hyundai they were in was hit by an oncoming box truck when they pulled in front of it near NW Verboort Road.
In the past 10 years there have been nearly 40 accidents near this spot, 27 with injuries and three fatalities.
ODOT spokesperson Lou Torres told KOIN 6 News the state added turn lanes, widened the shoulder and added signs. They’re now proposing a multi-million dollar roundabout.
ODOT’s Torres said the reason they don’t plan on adding a traffic light because studies show that would make this area more dangerous.
The accidents and the students deaths galvanized the community and the university.
“This is a call to action,” Joe Lang with Pacific University recently told KOIN 6 News. “Many members of the Black Student Union have indicated that they are really hoping there can be some change.”
KOIN 6 News will have more information later in the day.