A Avenue and 5th Street Pedestrian Crossing Improvements
Project Need and Background
The goal of this project is to enhance the safety conditions of the crosswalk located at the intersection of A Avenue and 5th Street. The existing crosswalk features a pedestrian-activated overhead beacon located on the east side of the intersection for individuals crossing A Avenue. The project aims to address and improve the overall safety and functionality of this important pedestrian crossing point in the downtown area of Lake Oswego.
The current crossing has a number of common safety concerns:
- Visibility issues with the existing flashing beacons
- Obscured sightlines
- Non-compliant Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps and push buttons.
To address these issues, the project scope includes the following improvements:
- Clearer signage: replacing the existing flashing beacon with a new highly visible rectangular rapid flashing beacon to alert drivers and pedestrians to the presence of the crossing.
- Crosswalk repainting: installing highly visible crosswalk striping, making it easier to identify for all road users.
- Trimming vegetation: to improve sightlines for both pedestrians and drivers. This could potentially include some tree removal.
- ADA enhancements: to improve signal equipment, pedestrian push buttons, and three curb ramps at (NW, NE, SE).
- Design: late 2023 – spring 2024
- Construction: spring /summer 2024
December 4, 2023
In early December, crews will be conducting surveys and marking utilities in the right-of-way near the pedestrian crossing. This is part of early preliminary design work.