Traffic

One of our main goals is to ensure the transportation system in the Waluga Neighborhood is safe and enhances neighborhood character and quality.  This means managing traffic by reducing the amount of cut-through vehicles, unlawful speeding though the neighborhood, improving and providing for practical safe pedestrian, bicycle and transit opportunities. There are many recommended action measures listed in our Neighborhood Plan Goal 12, TRANSPORTATION that outline specific strategies to help us manage the ever-increasing traffic on our neighborhood streets. This includes on-street parking conditions, traffic congestion, and shared parking possibilities.

The Waluga Neighborhood Board approved the following Traffic Goals for our neighborhood:

Goals

  1. Keep cut-through traffic* and speeds to a minimum.
  2. Request police enforcement so traffic laws are followed and streets are safe.
  3. Provide safe passage for bicycles and pedestrians through our neighborhood.
  4. Use traffic calming techniques to slow traffic while retaining residential character and appearance.
  5. Continue to work to maintain current Waluga and adjacent neighborhood street classifications.
  6. Ensure there is adequate onsite parking for commercial and high-density residential developments so the safety of vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic is not negatively impacted.
  7. Update neighborhood residents whenever traffic is impacted.

*Cut-through traffic is through traffic or auto trips, which have neither trip end nor beginning within the association boundary. 

Our neighborhood traffic and police liaison, Dick Benedetti, meets bi-monthly with the Lake Oswego Police Department Chief and staff to discuss and update our traffic and parking concerns. The police chief is Dale Jorgensen, the traffic lieutenant is Clayton Simon and the patrol lieutenant is Doug Treat.  Meetings are also held at least quarterly with the city Traffic Engineer.  The entire WNA board continually reviews proposed construction that could impact our traffic.

Unlawful Driving and Parking

There are many forms of unlawful driving that impact safety.  They include, but are not limited to speeding, not stopping fully at stop signs, distracted driving such as using cell phones, illegal parking and more.  Pedestrians and bicyclists can also act unsafely.  If you see any of this, do NOT call 911, but rather call the police dispatch number so they can investigate. They respond quickly. The number is 503-635-0238.  If you see a situation involving a possible or potential injury then do call 911.

You may want to put this number in your cell phone, but please do not call while driving.  Thank you for your help.