Unauthorized driveway marking changes cause confusion at Fred Meyer on Overland Road across from Clear Creek Drive; top five questions of 2018 that resulted in local improvements
Dear Road Wizard: A recent change in pavement markings exiting Fred Meyer at Overland Road across from Clear Creek Drive is causing confusion. Instead of exiting across Overland to Clear Creek from the left-hand exit lane, now one traveling north must be in the right exit lane which used to be for right-turning traffic. Traffic entering Fred Meyer from Clear Creek on a green light now face two oncoming lanes exiting Fred Meyer that may have the right-of-way, even if one is wrong. I think the earlier pavement markings were safer.Dick
These markings may be located on the driveway of a private business, but they still have to work together with the signals, signs and markings on the public roads. Otherwise, safety and/or intersection efficiency can be compromised.
Business driveways and markings are typically designed to national standards and are approved by ACHD when a property is developed. After that, the property owners maintain the markings. But in this case the property owner at the Fred Meyer changed the lane markings, and they did it without consulting with ACHD.
The lane-use arrows were changed, the crosswalk was removed, the painted stop line was moved, and a printed "stop" message was painted at the stop line.
ACHD has decided to remove the "stop" markings and is adding a lane control sign on the signal mast. This should make the intersection movements more clear while ACHD considers if the Fred Meyer changes may work better, or not, and Fred Meyer has agreed to replace the crosswalk.
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