Connecting Rural Communities: U.S. 30 and Rainier Veterans Way Crossing

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The Public Health Foundation of Columbia County carried out an HIA to examine the potential health and safety consequences of a proposed stoplight and signaled crosswalk at U.S. 30 and Veterans Way in Rainier, Oregon. The specific outcomes considered were the correlation between active transportation and health, access to grocery outlets and physical activity resources, and the potential reduction of pedestrian and bicycle accidents and obesity rates among residents in the study area.

The HIA used a literature review, several data sources, and input from residents and community groups. It concluded that a stoplight and signaled crosswalk should be installed at the intersection and recommended that additional improvements, including traffic calming and radar speed indicator signs, could increase motorists’ awareness that they are entering a residential and pedestrian area.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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