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Ask A Cop: 'T' intersections

Editor’s note: Every week a Lake Oswego police officer answers your questions in this space. Please send your questions to reporter Cliff Newell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-636-1281, ext. 105.

“Is a T intersection really an intersection, or just where two roads meet and intersection rules do not apply, i.e. right of way?”

A “T” intersection is still an intersection and normal traffic rules apply with respect to right of way.SIMON Motorists traveling in any direction through this type of intersection may be required to stop or yield the right of way to other traffic depending on what signage is posted at the intersection. In general, if it’s an “uncontrolled” T intersection where there are no posted signs to indicate right of way, it is the duty of the driver whose highway is ending as they intersect the top of the ‘T’ to yield the right of way. In most urban environments, these roadways are marked with stop signs or yield signs. But out in rural areas, there may be no signs at all so be aware. Drive safely.

— Officer Clayton Simon




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