BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Though Beaverton lost out on a bid for a $10 million grant to made safety improvements to Southwest Canyon Road, they still have money to do some work.
About 85 crashes happen each year on Canyon Road, about half with injuries. Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle said that’s why he wanted the changes.
“We want to add more crossings for pedestrians and cars. We want to underground all the utilities,” Doyle told KOIN 6 News.
Burying the power lines was the priciest piece of redesigning Canyon Road west of 217. But the city still has millions from the state, county and Metro to add landscaped medians down the middle.
“That gives you safety between the 2 sets of lanes and control where left turns can happen rather than the middle of the block,” he said. “It lets you control left turns and safety spots for pedestrians who get caught in the middle.”
Business owners and people who live nearby both agree safety improvements are necessary.
“It’s bad on Friday afternoons,” business owner Mark Ludeman said. “It just stops.”
About 30,000 vehicles each day move along the road, and pedestrians like Phylicia Butler have a tough time crossing.
“I’ll be walking home and drivers almost run me over and I get scared,” she said.
The medians will help keep cars from crossing over 4 lanes to get in and out of businesses. But Doyle said “it’s too expensive” to widen the road.
City officials expect to start work on planning the medians next year. And Doyle said he’s not giving up on trying to get the federal money.