Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending June 5, 2015 (posted 5/29/15)
Dust control treatment will be applied on some rural gravel roads over the next few weeks. The county treats only the most notorious spots on curves and hills where traffic causes rough road surfaces. The treatment increases surface stability. Rural residents can choose to pay for dust control; a no-cost dust control permit allows county road grading to be coordinated with the private contractor's dust control application. Motorists can help reduce traffic-generated dust by driving more slowly on gravel roads.
What can you do about the clutter and distraction of illegally placed roadside signs? They can block visibility, limit pedestrian access and compete with traffic control signs for drivers' attention. Roadside signs are prohibited along all county roads outside of cities. To report illegal roadside signs, call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623), email or submit an online service request.
On the Road
Watch for runners on roads in the North Plains and Banks areas on Saturday, May 30. The Twelve Bridges Relay starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Runners will follow North Avenue, Mountaindale Road and Dersham Road, as well as the Banks-Vernonia Trail.
Adopt-A-Road volunteers will be picking up litter along these county roads:
Farmington Road construction begins Monday, June 1. The needed improvements on Farmington between Murray and Hocken are scheduled to be completed by late spring 2017. Work will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with lane restrictions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Flaggers will move traffic through the work zone. Expect delays or use alternate routes during construction.
Expect delays on Cornell Road at 34th Avenue and at 188th Avenue on Monday and Tuesday, June 1 and 2. A contractor will be working on signal loops in the intersections. Use caution.
Spot paving continues on Cedar Canyon Road. Culverts are being replaced on Cedar Canyon and Rood Bridge roads. Shoulder maintenance will be done on 119th and 175th avenues. Pavement grinding will also be done on 119th Avenue to prepare for planned overlay paving. Crack sealing will be done on Scholls Ferry and Rigert roads. Crews are also mowing roadsides, maintaining guardrails, repairing signs, refreshing road striping, patching pot holes, maintaining road shoulders, sweeping bike lanes, and grading gravel roads. Orange is your clue...
Watch for runners participating in the Intel Great Place to Run 5K/10K on Friday, June 5. The event is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and starts and ends at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex. The course includes Bennett Street, 235th Avenue, Evergreen Parkway, Shute Road and Butler Street. Use caution in the area.
Expect daytime delays, with lane restrictions between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., along Baseline Road between Brookwood and 231st and between 201st and Willow Creek Drive. The speed limit has been temporarily reduced to 30 mph for the safety of the workers and travelers. The reduced speed limit applies 24/7.
Expect daytime single-lane closures on Oak Street and Baseline Street (between 10th and Dennis) as well as 10th Avenue (between Maple and Baseline) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. This work is related to ODOT's TV Highway Paving Project.
ODOT continues work on Scholls Ferry Road between Cascade Avenue and OR 217. Expect daytime shoulder closures in both directions Monday through Friday. Visit ODOT's Scholls Ferry Road (OR210) safety project website for more details.
ODOT (in cooperation with the City of Tigard and Washington County) is making improvements to OR 99W at SW Gaarde/McDonald Street. Expect daytime lane closures on Gaarde Street and McDonald Street between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and shoulder work between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Work continues on ODOT’s OR10/Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway at Western Avenue/SW 103rd Avenue safety project. Expect periodic nighttime lane closures on OR10 and on Western Avenue from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Hocken Avenue is closed between Dawson Way and Hall Boulevard for up to 14 months while the City of Beaverton’s contractor replaces the bridge over Beaverton Creek. Travelers will need to detour around the closure using Jenkins Road to the north and Dawson Way and Millikan Way to the south.
Walker Road is closed to eastbound traffic between Amberglen Parkway and 185th Avenue through June 5. Following the eastbound closure, the road will be completely closed between 191st Avenue and 189th Way for approximately three weeks. After the full closure, the road will revert back to an eastbound closure for approximately two to three more weeks. The closures are necessary for a contractor to install a waterline. Traffic is being detoured over to Cornell Road.
Tualatin-Sherwood Road will be closed at the railroad crossing west of Oregon Street for up to 72 hours starting Friday evening, August 21. The closure is necessary for replacement of the railroad crossing. Planned detour routes will be published soon.
Get Involved / Stay Informed
On Monday, June 1, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held to commence construction of the Farmington Road (Murray to Hocken) project. The event will be held at Farmington Road and 2nd Street (in the lot formerly occupied by Therapeutic Associates) from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Elected officials from the County and City will be on hand to pose for the gold shovel photo shoot. Stop by and say hi!
Last November, voters approved a change to the Washington County Charter that will soon prompt changes to the boundaries of the four commissioner districts. Now county residents get to weigh in on how those changes should occur. Comments submitted through June 3 will be conveyed to the Board of Commissioners to assist them in their decision process.
Bids for the Brookwood Parkway (Shute to Meek) road improvement project and 2015 Minor Betterment Projects (Barnes, Leahy, Rock and Walker roads) are due by Wednesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. Visit the ORPIN website for more details. To purchase plan sets, call 503-846-7800 or stop by our office at 1400 SW Walnut Street in Hillsboro.
A combined project open house will be held on Tuesday, June 16, for the Brookwood Parkway (Shute to Meek) and Groveland Drive (Groveland to Helvetia) improvement projects. The public is invited to stop by the Hillsboro Main Library any time between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to learn more about the final design for both projects. No formal presentations are planned.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners has adopted Resolution & Order 15-25, which will increase Transportation Development Tax (TDT) rates by 0.962 percent effective July 1. Visit our Transportation Development Tax page for more information and to view the TDT rate tables.
Oregon is pioneering a new way to pay for transportation with OReGO, the nation's first per-mile road usage charge. The program goes live on July 1, and ODOT is looking for volunteers to test the system.
City of Beaverton will hold a public hearing on July 7 on System Development Charges to help fund transportation infrastructure for South Cooper Mountain. The hearing will be held at the Beaverton City Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m.