Hamrick Road needs turn lanes
Do you know if there are plans to upgrade the signal light at Hamrick Road and Pine Street in Central Point with a protected turn arrow? That intersection has seen a significant increase in traffic since the relocation of Costco and has gotten dangerous. — Connie, Central Point
“The simple answer is, yes,” said Matt Samitore, parks and public works director in Central Point.
In fact the intersection is being designed as we speak to include the turn lanes.
You’re also right, Connie, that Costco has created more traffic in that area, but local transportation officials had plenty of projects in the works before the big-box retailer was built to address the congestion issues. We just need to be a little more patient before all the projects are built.
Currently Hamrick is too narrow to enough to handle turn lanes.
Once the design for the intersection is concluded in the spring, the city will begin acquiring right-of-way from adjacent property owners to accommodate the widened roadway on Hamrick.
“We’re hoping to be under construction by this time next year,” Samitore said.
If there are delays, he said construction could begin by the summer or possibly fall of 2020.
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