Pacific Highway/Gaarde Street/McDonald Street Intersection Improvements Detailed Design Updated March 2013
According to the most recent community attitudes survey, traffic congestion continues to
be a major concern for city residents, especially on Pacific Highway. The Oregon
Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Tigard, with support from Washington County,
are designing a construction project to improve traffic flow and safety at this
The project will add a third southbound lane and northbound right and dual left turn lanes on
Pacific Highway and widen the Gaarde and McDonald Street approaches to the intersection.
Sidewalks and bike lanes will be constructed throughout the project area. The crosswalk on
the north side of the intersection will be reopened. See the preliminary
design plan and the enlarged intersection overview.
The project is expected to increase intersection capacity by roughly 30 percent in
the afternoon peak hour, 20 percent in the morning peak hour, and 25 percent
mid-day and on weekends.
Tigard, ODOT, and a consultant team led by WHPacific, Inc. have begun the
detailed engineering process.
Right-of-way acquisition will begin in the spring of 2013.
Construction should begin in 2014.
$9 million is currently set aside for this project from city, county, state, and federal sources.