FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Oregon Department of Transportation officials said they are considering adding a roundabout at a dangerous Forest Grove intersection after two Pacific University students were killed Monday.
Driver Kiden Dilla, 18, and passenger Ayan Oslan, 19, were killed at the intersection of Highway 47 and Northwest Verboort Road after their car pulled in front of a box truck.
Background: Two killed in Hwy 47 crash north of Forest Grove
ODOT had previously discussed putting a roundabout in the intersection after a fatal accident in 2007. At that time, transportation officials studied the intersection and found that a “roundabout would also reduce the amount of crashes and all but eliminate fatal and [reported injury] crashes.”
But criticism at a town hall meeting squashed the proposed roundabout.
Instead, ODOT installed larger stop signs, reduced the posted speed limit by 5 miles, installed warning signs, and raised pavement markers on Highway 47.
Since then, ODOT officials said there have been 27 crashes resulting in 37 injuries between January 2008 to July 2013.
Now, after the recent crash that claimed two young lives, ODOT officials said they’ve reopened discussions about adding the roundabout to the intersection.
"We've been discussing it for a while, even before this horrible tragedy," said Lou Torres, spokesman for ODOT. "But we don't have any funding for that project yet."
Neighbors believe a traffic light may be an even better option. An online petition for one has gathered nearly 2,000 signatures so far.