The City of Hood River is partnering with Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) to rebuild the intersection at Cascade Ave (U.S.30) and Rand Road. Project planning is underway to realign the intersection and add improvements including a traffic signal, marked pedestrian crossings, sidewalks and curbs, stormwater drainage improvements, and new street lighting. The intersection improvements should make it safer and easier for people to cross the intersection by foot or vehicle.
The project will line up the north / south approaches to the new intersection, eliminating the current offset that makes it difficult for vehicles to cross and turn safely at Rand Rd. It will also improve accessibility for pedestrians, including those with disabilities. Numerous improvements are identified in the City of Hood River Transportation System Plan, published in 2011.
“This location has been identified as a pedestrian crossing need for 10 years, and our collaboration with ODOT will make more significant impacts in improvements,” said Hood River Director of Public Works Mark Lago.
The design process continues through spring 2020 with construction scheduled from fall 2020 to spring 2021. Minimal impact is expected during the construction period. Drivers and cyclists should expect flaggers to direct traffic, and temporary land shifts. Some delays will occur due to single-lane closures on U.S. 30, and ODOT plans to work closely with immediate neighbors to address access and property concerns.
Interested parties may sign up for the project mailing list or schedule a meeting with the project team by contacting Cari Charlton, ODOT project manager by emailing or calling 541-388-6047.