I believe that making a left turn from Highway 62 east onto Agate Road is very dangerous at night, especially if it is raining. On more than one occasion, I have turned left and missed the road, almost driving into the ditch, and have had to back up across 62 with westbound traffic rapidly approaching. There are no lights or reflectors to mark this turn.
On two occasions, I have brought this up with ODOT officials. This incident occurred a couple of years ago, and nothing has happened to make it safer. I would imagine that I am not the only person who has experienced this dangerous situation.
It seems to me that just a few properly placed reflectors would fix this problem, which would not cost very much. There used to be reflectors there long ago, but they were damaged and have not been functional for years.
— Ken H., Sams Valley
Ken, I agree with your assessment of this intersection. Working in the White City area a lot of the time, I've had many left turns from Highway 62 onto Agate Road, often when it's dark and/or raining. There's been a time or two I almost turned into the cattails just because it's so hard to see the roadway.
I forwarded your request to the traffic engineers and got this message back from Dan Dorrell, the traffic operations engineer at ODOT, which is the agency tasked with responsibility for this intersection.
Here's what he wrote:
"I did receive a complaint about this about a year or so ago, and I spoke "… about putting some reflectors up. But I also told the individual that the safest thing to do is to go up to Highway 140/Leigh Way and then make the left there at a safe, signalized intersection. At that time they requested to install lighting, and since we may cul-de-sac that intersection anyway, we don't want to put up lights that may just get torn down in the near future."
A couple days ago, I ran into someone I know at ODOT who had been getting copies of my correspondence with Dan, so I asked him about it. He told me the intersection has been updated with new reflectors/candlesticks. He said they can act pretty quickly on these types of complaints, and I'd have to agree.
From the time I forwarded your email to ODOT, the new reflectors were up in less than a week, so kudos to ODOT for such quick action.
I hope you enjoy the improved visibility.
Reach Dace Cochran, a patrol sergeant with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.