Oregon State University is building a new residence hall on Washington Avenue. OSU and the city have teamed up to do some construction in the area.
The $4 million project will add a traffic light at the corner of Washington Way and 15th Street by the railroad tracks. Eventually, OSU says it plans to extend Washington Way along the tracks to 11th Street. Many students who walk through the area think the construction will be beneficial.
“I’ve noticed where Washington comes into 15th Street,” said OSU student Craig Minkler. “It’s a blind corner if you’re on Washington coming onto 15th. And there’s a railroad track right there too. It’s definitely a problem area and I totally understand wanting to fix it.”
Other students say 15th Street can be a problem for bicyclists as well.
“There are a lot of cars parked on the right-hand side of the road,” said OSU student Ben Schlachter. “So should they open their door, the door will enter straight into the bike lane, causing issues.”
The project should kick off in the spring. Crews hope to be done before classes start in the fall.