Woodhaven Estates West Salem, Oregon


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Woodhaven Estates
PO Box 5946
Salem, OR 97304



2019 Spring Newsletter


Garage Sale

The annual neighborhood garage sale will take place on the weekend of June 22-23, 2019. The HOA will provide a Craigslist ad and signage. The rest is up to you! The advertising should help increase traffic for all of us.

National Night Out

National Night Out 2019 will take place at Girod Park on August 6. More details will be coming later.

Dog Waste Bags

Dog Waste Bags are provided to keep our streets and yards clean. If you notice bag dispensers are empty please contact the Board at the website. The waste bags also protect the water shed at the Detention Basin.

Uncontrolled Intersections and You

If you live or work within the city limits of Portland, chances are you have encountered our neighborhood anarchist.  The rules of the road are tossed aside at these crossroads of danger!  Its a free-for-all for the right-of-way and the police are afraid of even uttering the name of this menace to society!  Yes, my friends, I am talking about that scourge of our roadways, the uncontrolled intersection.

These lawless crossroads are missing a key element of our transportation nomenclature, the trusty stop sign.  Everyone knows what to do at a stop sign – stop.  And we all know what to do when that rosy octagon is absent – go.

Unfortunately, uncontrolled intersections (16.90.415 - Any intersection with no official traffic control device to designate vehicular right-of-way) don’t work that way.  But how do they work?  Who’s supposed to stop?  And why do they exist?

Theoretically, uncontrolled intersections do a better job slowing traffic in neighborhoods because they create unpredictability.  When we can’t rely on signs to tell us what to do, we have to actually use our senses and our brains to navigate a situation.  Think of it this way: If you were biking or driving down a low-traffic neighborhood street and you hit a stop sign every 100 feet with no cross traffic in sight, by the sixth stop sign you might be tempted to ignore it and keep on rolling.  Uncontrolled intersections mixed with stop signs keep people who are driving and bicycling alert.

Of course theory doesn’t always play out exactly as planned on the roadways.  People (myself included when I moved here) often apply the “main street” theory to uncontrolled intersections.  The main street theory says that since one vehicle is traveling on the main thoroughfare, it has the right-of-way.  Sorry folks – that’s not how it works. (Taken From Portland Bureau of Transportation Website)