City Council rejects City staff signal recommendation

Milwaukie City Council voted 4-1 to reject the Milwaukie city staff’s recommendation to signalize the intersection at S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd. (JCB) and S.E. 42nd Ave.

Milwaukie city staff Wendy Hemmen and Kenny Asher presented a report before the Milwaukie City Council on April 20, recommending a traffic signal light at the intersection of SE Johnson Creek Blvd. at SE 42nd Ave for traffic mitigation.

Milwaukie Mayor Jeremy Ferguson read a revised resolution that would have allowed a signal but function as a “flashing red light” mode, making the intersection a three-way stop and then turn into full traffic signal when needed.

Public comments from the audience were mostly in opposition of the signal lights and the flashing red light idea.

Ardenwald Chairman Matt Rinker, Secretary Bryan Dorr, and Transportation Chairman Michole Jensen addressed the City Council the Neighborhood’s position and concerns from the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project reports.

Two Ardenwald residents at the meeting spoke in favor for the signal lights.

Milwaukie City Council discussed the matter at length before making motion to vote.

The council voted 4-1 to reject the resolution affirming the light rail project staff’s recommendations to signalize the S.E. JCB and S.E. 42nd Ave.

Councilor Greg Chaimov voted against the rejection of the recommendation.

S.E. 32nd Ave. and S.E. JCB intersection’s signal is in the Portland city limits and was not part of Milwaukie’s resolution. Oregon Department of Transportation mandated mitigation at the 32nd Ave. intersection due to traffic backup onto Hwy. 99E.

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