The City of Oregon City designed improvements for Beavercreek Road between Fir Street and Beavercreek Way as identified in the City's Transportation System Plan (TSP). As part of this improvement project, the City was seeking to improve safety and capacity on Beavercreek Road by modifying existing driveways to businesses. After the first public meeting for the Beavercreek Road Improvement Project, it was determined that an access management plan was needed to evaluate the short-term and long-term access needs for businesses prior to construction of the improvements.
The goal of this access management plan (AMP) is to identify short-term and long-term strategies for access management along Beavercreek Road from Fir Street to Molalla Avenue that promote safe and efficient operation. The study area for this access management plan is shown in Figure 1. The two main functions of Beavercreek Road are to provide access to adjacent properties and to provide mobility to travelers. Balance must be attained between access to land development and safe and efficient operation based on a roadway's functional classification.
For instance, arterials are designed to have fewer access points than local streets in order to increase long-distance mobility. Local streets are often designed with many closely spaced entry points in order to increase access to local properties.