Clackamas County officials have instituted a change in traffic patterns to accommodate voters dropping off their ballots at the county’s drop box located at the County Clerk’s Office in Oregon City.
This action was taken in order to alleviate potential traffic congestion problems – which have occurred in previous elections – in the area of the intersection of Beavercreek Road and Red Soils Court. The county worked with the city of Oregon City to develop and approve the plan.
Clackamas County has already increased electronic and stationary signage in the area. From Monday, Nov. 2 (6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to Tuesday, Nov. 3 (6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.), flagging crews will be positioned at two intersections: Beavercreek Road and Red Soils Court; and Kaen Road and Beavercreek Road. There will be additional flaggers on Red Soils Court at the entrance to the Elections Building parking lot to help direct traffic to local businesses.
During those final days, the local traffic pattern will change, as cars entering Red Soils Court will be redirected (after dropping off ballots) to re-enter Beavercreek Road via Kaen Road. Barrels and cones will also be in place to help with traffic flow.
Depending on congestion, flaggers may also be in position on Friday, Oct. 30 and prior, if needed.
“Ensuring that voters can drop off their ballot as safely and efficiently as possible is our goal,” stated Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall. “We are committed to a safe and secure election.”
The Red Soils drop box location is only one of 25 within Clackamas County. A full list of locations – which voters may find less busy – can be found at http://bit.ly/ClackCoDropBoxes. All official drop box locations in Clackamas County are available to the public 24/7 until 8 p.m. on Election Day.