SR 500 42nd Ave - 54th Ave Safety Improvements Study - Concepts

Thirty ideas were identified with the help of a Technical Advisory Committee and Executive Committee made up of engineers, planners and leadership from the City of Vancouver, Clark County, Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, and C-TRAN. Based on community values expressed in the online survey, stakeholder conversations, and screening the ideas to address safety issues cost effectively, the ideas were narrowed down to three concepts.

We need your help to make sure we have accurately captured all perspectives. We will use your input on these proposed concepts to refine them; and with guidance from the Technical Advisory and Executive Committees, we will select a preferred concept that best addresses the need to improve safety and is aligned with the community’s priorities.

How to provide feedback

Online open house: Beginning Thursday, May 3, through Friday, May 25, there will also be an opportunity to provide input via an online open house.

View animation of the three proposed concepts.  

 
SR 500 42nd Ave 54th Ave - No access

No Access Overview

Removes traffic lights on SR 500 at Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue

  • Builds cul-de-sacs at Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue
  • Maintains Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue pedestrian and bicycle crossing
  • Installs new grade-separated pedestrian and bicycle crossing of SR 500 at Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue

 What will the concept do?

Safety

  • Reduces crashes by up to 90%

Improved travel times

  • Greatly improves travel times on SR 500 by eliminating traffic lights
  • Reduces SR 500 traffic delays by up to 100 percent

Access to SR 500

  • Eliminates vehicle access to and from SR 500 at Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue
  • Increases trips on Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard, Northeast St. Johns Road and Northeast Andresen Road
  • To get on, off or across SR 500, drivers would have to use Northeast St. Johns Road or Northeast Andresen Road

Planning Cost Estimate 

  • $3-4 Million

 

SR 500 42nd Ave 54th Ave - Right-in right-out

Right In/Right Out Overview

  • Removes traffic lights on SR 500 at Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue
  • Restricts some of the turning movements to provide uninterrupted flow from I-5 to Fourth Plain Boulevard
  • The existing median barrier will be extended through both intersection to enforce the turn restrictions
  • Limits access to right turns off SR 500 and right turns onto SR 500 at Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue
  • Installs new grade-separated pedestrian and bicycle crossing of SR 500 at Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue

What will the concept do?

Safety

  • Reduces crashes by up to 70%
  • Eliminates conflicts involving left turns

Improved travel times

  • Greatly improves travel times on SR 500 by eliminating traffic lights
  • Reduces SR 500 traffic delays by up to 100 percent

Access to SR 500

  • Eliminates vehicle travel across SR 500 at Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue
  • Increases trips on Fourth Plain Boulevard, Northeast St. Johns Road and Northeast Andresen Road
  • Maintains access to and from SR 500 via right turns
  • Assumes drivers will use Northeast St. Johns Road or Northeast Andresen Road or turn right onto SR 500 and make a U-turn at one of these interchanges to travel across SR 500

Planning Cost Estimate 

  • $3-4 Million

 

SR 500 42nd Ave 54th Ave - Restricted crossing u-turn

 
Watch a video that shows how a similar design has reduced accidents and traffic delays in Holly Springs North Carolina

Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) Overview

  • Adds signalized median U-turn between Falk Road/42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue for crossing or turning left onto SR 500
  • Allows left and right turns off SR 500 to Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue
  • Allows right turns onto SR 500 from Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue
  • Realigns the pedestrian and bicycle crossing of SR 500 Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue
  • Lights in this concept have only two phases increasing green time for allowed movements. By separating movements with the U-turn intersection, lights for both directions of SR 500 operate independently increasing efficiency.

What will the concept do?

Safety

  • Reduces crashes by up to 45 percent

Improved travel times

  • Somewhat improves travel times on SR 500
  • Reduces SR 500 traffic delays by up to 70 percent
  • Reducing queue lengths and delay

Access to SR 500

  • Increases trips on Fourth Plain Boulevard,  Northeast St Johns Road and Northeast Andresen Road
  • Relocates where vehicles cross SR 500 at Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue
  • Requires drivers to change how they travel across SR 500
  • Requires traffic signals to coordinate left turns and U-turns (but reduces overall signal wait times compared to current traffic lights)

Planning Cost Estimate

  • $4 – 6 Million
     

Contact

Your feedback is important

Please contact the study team with questions or comments about this safety study: Judith R. Perez, AICP, Study Lead