Johnson Creek Blvd at Bell Ave Safety Improvements

The intersection of Johnson Creek Blvd and Bell Ave is an intersection with high volumes of traffic located in the Milwaukie and Happy Valley areas. The project will enhance the existing traffic signal by upgrading to newer vehicle detection (radar sensors) system to improve signal timing, upgrading all existing 8” signal heads to 12” standard size signal heads, replace older style left-turn signal heads with current standard flashing left-turn arrows with “pedestrian friendly” signal timing, add reflective material to traffic signal heads to increase visibility, and add signal ahead warning signs.


Project is mostly complete.

Updated: Jan. 25, 2021


To provide a safer roadway for all users and reduce wait times at the intersection.


The county began the design phase in spring 2020. Construction will continue through early 2021, during the daytime hours.

Traffic impacts

Single lane closures may be needed during construction in early 2021.

Current activities

  • Design is complete. Construction is substantially complete. After testing the new advanced traffic signal controller, county maintenance crew will switch over to new system before summer 2021.


  • Project estimate $87,477.
  • Funding is provided from the Community Road Fund and System Development Charges.
Department Staff
Carl Olson
Project Manager