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TD Council Approves West 2nd/Cherry Heights Intersection Project

The Dalles City Council voted to amend the municipal Transportation Systems Plan to add a project to attempt to improve safety at the intersection of West 2nd and Cherry Heights and have staff begin to design the project.  There have been nine traffic accidents at that intersection in the last five years, and traffic engineers found attempting left turns onto West 2nd from Cherry Heights caused significant delays.  Public Works Director Dave Anderson says this project will involve channelization with raised concrete medians that will eliminate the left turns and straight-through movements from Cherry Heights and the Auto Zone business onto West 2nd.  Cost is estimated at $295,000, and with the Council putting the project in the Transportation Systems Plan it can be paid for with funds from systems development charges the City already has.  Anderson said just painting stripes would not accomplish the safety improvements they want, installing signals would be more expensive and would actually increase the expectation of accidents, and there is not enough room for a roundabout.