Forest Grove Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossings

KAI completed the final designs of pedestrian/bike crossings at the intersections of Forest Gale Drive-Willamina Avenue/Gales Creek Road (west of town) and Thatcher Road/David Hill Road (north side of town) in Forest Grove, Oregon. The recommendations for the pedestrian/bike crossings came from a study performed by KAI for the City of Forest Grove, to help the City achieve one of its long-term planning goals of having a continuous trail system that surrounds the city known as the “Emerald Necklace.” The studies followed the County’s Mid-Block Crossing Policy: a systematic approach that explores numerous options to determine a preferred solution for the given conditions. KAI has prepared the construction plans for the proposed improvements in accordance with Washington County’s latest standards and specifications. Proposed improvements designed by KAI for this project include rebuilding sidewalks and pedestrian ramps to comply with the American with Disability Act (ADA). The project includes the installation of push-button activated rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) at the crossings, ladder-style crosswalk striping, and associated pedestrian warning signs. Advance RRFBS were designed to appropriately warn approaching motorists coming out of a rural setting. Street lighting analysis was also performed for the vicinity of the crossings, and new street light poles were designed in coordination with Washington County to provide adequate lighting at the locations.