Why not change Fair Oaks Blvd to have one left turn lane and one right turn lane onto Old Auburn?

This concept was tested during the 9-day roadway demonstration project in October.  In addition, review of the planter crashes indicates that the large majority of crashes occur from vehicles using the outside left turn lane from Fair Oaks Blvd onto Old Auburn Road.  A plan for  Near Term Improvements has been developed which includes making this lane change permanent.  The Near Term Improvements include:

  • Convert to one left turn and one right turn lane on northbound Fair Oaks Blvd
  • Install KEEP CLEAR legends at Old Auburn/Garry Oak and Fair Oaks/Villa Oak
  • Install “Slippery When Wet” warning signs on northbound Fair Oaks and on westbound Old Auburn
  • Install 15 mph speed and turn warning signs on northbound Fair Oaks
  • Install “YOUR SPEED” digital display sign that will flash “SLOW DOWN” for drivers exceeding the recommended speed on northbound Fair Oaks
  • Install additional left arrow chevron signs within the planters facing northbound Fair Oaks traffic
  • Add reflective yellow tape around the left turn arrows on the traffic signal facing northbound Fair Oaks traffic

These updates will be installed as soon as weather permits.

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1. Why are you studying Old Auburn Road?
2. What part of Old Auburn is included in the study?
3. What is a Complete Street?
4. What are the benefits of a Complete Street?
5. Why dedicate a traffic lane on Old Auburn Road for bicyclists when there are not many who ride their bike on this road?
6. Why reduce the number of travel lanes? Instead, why not add a lane to reduce congestion?
7. Why were the planter barriers installed?
8. Why not install concrete or metal-beam barriers instead of the planters?
9. The intersection is not a perfect 90 degrees. Can’t you realign the intersection?
10. Why not change Fair Oaks Blvd to have one left turn lane and one right turn lane onto Old Auburn?
11. Why has Fair Oaks Blvd been reduced to one turn lane since the Thanksgiving weekend?
12. Can the Police Department patrol the area and hand out more tickets?
13. What is the current concept for the Old Auburn Road Complete Street Plan?
14. Why was the one-lane concept tested for 9 days during October 2019?
15. What are the plans to address traffic congestion in the area?
16. Is there potential to increase traffic on adjacent roadways and neighborhood streets?
17. What are the next steps for this Plan?
18. When will the Plan be implemented?