Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending August 22, 2014 (updated 8/20/14)
Visit us at THPRD's Big Truck Day this Saturday, August 16, at Conestoga Recreation and Acquatics Center. We'll be there with our excavator and grader. We’ll also have a traffic safety game with fun prizes for all ages. See you there!
Did you know that Washington County takes care of almost 1300 miles of roads? That's around 2600 shoulder miles of landscaping, bushes, and trees. Nearly a third of the requests we receive for road service are for vegetation. Overgrown vegetation can cover up signs, block visibility at intersections, and encroach into the roadway or sidewalk, creating safety hazards for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Trimming roadside vegetation is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. For more information, read our Roadside Vegetation fact sheet.
On the Road
UPDATED DATES: The City of Beaverton will begin performing nighttime paving on several city streets starting Monday, August 25, through Friday, August 29. Visit their traffic alerts website for complete details.
Multnomah County will begin daytime Chip seal paving on Newberry, Kaiser and Skyline starting Monday, August 18, through Tuesday, August 26. For more details, view their media release.
ODOT's TV Highway (Minter Bridge to 331st) paving project continues, with the most disruptive work on Baseline Street to date. Continuing through Saturday, the left and center lanes on Baseline between 8th and 7th will be closed 24/7. In addition, the left lane of Baseline will be closed from 9th to 8th. Paving of this section is scheduled for tonight, August 15. The right lane of Baseline from 3rd to 2nd will also be closed. Plan for congestion, delays and uneven road surfaces for the next couple of months.
Butner Road’s interim safety improvement projects begin next week. The county’s contractor will be rehabilitating an existing pedestrian path on the west side of Butner between Walker and 141st, widening the shoulder on the west side between 141st and Downing and adding a widened shoulder on the southwest corner of Butner and Huntington. Visit the project website for more information.
Fog seals were completed on the rural roads recently chip-sealed. The roads are now being pre-marked for pavement markings. Striping should be completed in September.
Crack sealing has started in preparation for upcoming slurry seals on roads in the Urban Road Maintenance District. Scroll down to Road Maintenance Projects for specific road schedules.
Pavement repairs continue on Mountaindale Road, Scoggins Valley Road and Tongue Lane. A short section of Schmeltzer Road is receiving a property-owner-financed upgrade from gravel to a chip sealed surface. Community Service workers are maintaining landscaping on 170th Avenue from Rigert to Blanton. The decks of two bridges on Baseline Road near 69th Avenue are being crack sealed.
Oleson Road is closed for eight months at the Fanno Creek bridge just south of Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. Motorists are detoured to Hall Boulevard and Scholls Ferry Road. A temporary bike/ped bridge provides access for walkers and bicyclists during the closure.
The Gaston Good Ol’ Days parade will be held next Friday, August 22. Several roads, including a section of Highway 47, will be closed from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit their event website for more information.
Save the date! Saturday, September 27, is the SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup. Volunteer for litter cleanup, tree planting or invasive plant removal. Help keep Oregon clean!
Get Involved / Stay Informed
The public is invited to learn about route alternatives being considered for the Council Creek Regional Trail Master Plan at an open house on August 27. The goal is to identify the preferred trail route for bicyclists and pedestrians from Hillsboro, through Cornelius, Forest Grove and Banks, connecting with the Banks-Vernonia Trail.
Both the urban and the rural roads advisory committees are taking a month off. The Urban Road Maintenance District Advisory Committee's next meeting is September 17, and the Rural Roads Operations and Maintenance Advisory Committee meets September 18.
Looking for a way to improve the environment and contribute to your community? Consider Washington County's Adopt-A-Road program. Volunteer groups make a two-year commitment to pick up litter at least twice a year along a road segment at least one mile long. Contact the Adopt-A-Road coordinator to find out which roads are available.