Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending December 19, 2014 (posted 12/12/14)
Crews worked through the night to clean up after yesterday's short but intense wind storm. Major routes were reopened to traffic before this morning's commute. During the storm, trees and branches blocking roadways or power lines in the road were reported at over 50 locations. To get roads opened as quickly as possible, debris was pushed out of the travel lane onto the shoulder at many locations. Crews will return to those sites and remove the debris over the next few days.
Traffic signals stopped working in areas where there were power outages. When the power came back on, a few signals went into red flashing mode. Our Traffic Engineering crews are responding to reports of nonfunctioning or red flashing traffic signals as quickly as possible. If you encounter a nonfunctioning or blinking red traffic signal, treat the intersection as an all-way stop. Stop and take turns. Be sure to check for pedestrians and bicyclists before proceeding.
To request help or report a road hazard:
For regional alerts, visit www.publicalerts.org
Get Involved / Stay Informed
Despite the storm, over 70 people attended last night's open house for the David Hill Road extension and OR 47 @ Verboort-Purdin Road improvement projects. All of the displays from the open house are available online, and comments and questions can still be submitted by contacting Kim Haughn at 503-846-7822.
The City of Hillsboro will be holding an open house on January 7 for the Downtown Two-Way Conversion project. Stop by the Hillsboro Civic Center (Room 113B/C) any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to learn more!
There are several planning initiatives around the county and we encourage the public to get involved and stay informed.
The Oregon Transportation Commission invites public input on the first-of-its-kind Transportation Options Plan. Comments will be accepted until January 30.
On the Road
In addition to cleaning up after yesterday's storm, crews will be responding to service requests, sweeping, grading, patching pot holes, and repairing signs. Bridge Maintenance crews will be working on the bridge a half mile south of Meek on Jackson School Road. Drainage Maintenance crews will be working on Killin and Strassel roads. Community Service workers will be picking up leaves and cleaning up landscaping along Murray Boulevard from Scholls Ferry to Allen.
Adopt-A-Road volunteers will be picking up litter along the following roads:
Staff in the Asset Management section are working on next year's road maintenance program. After internal review, the draft list of planned maintenance activities will be shared with other agencies, utilities, stakeholders and the public. Following public review and input, the final program will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for approval in June.
Oleson Road remains closed 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.