Weekly Roadwork News
Road Closures (updated 5/27/16)
Evergreen Parkway at Cornelius Pass Road is now open. Thanks for all your patience during this closure.
Road work at 185th Avenue for the ODOT TV Highway Safety Project will require permanently closing the right-turn lane from northbound 185th Avenue to eastbound TV Highway on May 31 to reconfigure the corner. Passenger vehicles will still be able to turn right from 185th Avenue to TV Highway. Truck traffic will follow the signed truck detour from 185th Avenue onto Kinnaman Road, Farmington Road and 170th Avenue to access TV Highway eastbound.
The start date for the lane closure on West Shore Drive over Scoggins Dam has been delayed to June 13. The lane closure had been scheduled to start May 31 for Bureau of Reclamation seismic testing of the dam. Updated schedule information will be shared as soon as it is available.
Expect traffic restrictions at Imbrie Drive beginning the evening of June 23 through 28 to reconstruct the intersection at Cornelius Pass Rd. Alternate routes are planned. Stay tuned!
Walnut Street will be closed near Fowler Middle School for 3 weeks this summer while the contractor replaces a substandard culvert.
Porter Road will be closed for 4 months starting late summer (August) while the bridge at Council Creek gets replaced.
Replacement of a culvert on Dairy Creek Road north of Three Cedars Lane will restrict traffic to one lane for up to 3 weeks during August or September. No over-dimension vehicles will be allowed through the work zone. The culvert on Timber Road that washed out last winter and was temporarily repaired will also be replaced this summer, requiring a closure of up to 3 weeks. Culverts will also be replaced on Mountaindale Road at Old Pumpkin Ridge (2-week closure), on Gordon Road south of Commercial (3-week closure), and on Spring Hill Road (1-week closure).
Watch this space for schedule updates.
Stay Informed / Get Involved (updated 5/27/16)
Final few days to help shape the future of Washington County’s transportation system! Help trim the MSTIP 3e 150% Project List by a third. Visit the virtual open house before May 31. Your input matters!
Just a few more days! Check out the online open house for the 90th Avenue and 113th Avenue safety improvement projects. Let us know what you think by submitting comments! The online open house will be available through June 3.
Oregon Department of Transportation is updating curve ‘advisory speed’ signs to meet new federal requirements set to better match the safe speed at which you can drive through the curve. Many will be replaced with an advisory speed 5 to 10 mph higher. Washington County will also update ‘advisory speed’ signs on curves along County roads.
ROADs - They are what you depend on! You depend on roads to get to work, school, home and countless other places. While a wide open road means "freedom" to many, there is nothing "free" about roads. Building, improving and maintaining roads takes a lot of money. Learn how your roads are funded and where the "potholes" are in that funding system. Visit transportationfunding.org.
Did you know? Over a third of Washington County’s population lives in the urban unincorporated area of the County, outside of a city. If this area were a city, it would be the second largest city in Oregon. With no city to take care of the streets in these city-like neighborhoods, the voter-approved Urban Road Maintenance District fills that need. Nearly 95% of URMD-maintained streets are rated in “good” or better pavement condition. And URMD allocated more than $8.5 million for 25 safety improvement projects during the last four years. Read the URMD Annual Report to learn more.
Roadside clutter? Do you see signs that clutter the roadside, block visibility, limit pedestrian access and compete with traffic control signs for attention? Report illegal roadside signs along Washington County roads: call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623), email or submit an online service request. For County roads inside a city, contact the city road agency.
Do you live on a gravel road? You can choose to pay for dust control on your County-maintained gravel road. Start by getting a no-cost dust control permit which ensures that County road grading will be coordinated with your contractor’s application of the dust control material. Besides reducing dust, the treatment helps to stabilize the road surface during the dry months when the road cannot be graded.
On the Road (updated 5/27/16)
Work continues on guardrail upgrades along Scoggins Valley Road; expect lane closures and daytime delays. Paving is scheduled June 10 through June 29. Final road striping and cleanup of this project wraps up mid- to late July.
ODOT contractor will perform daytime road work at the Hwy 26W / Brookwood Parkway overpass June 8-9. Expect lane restrictions and delays.
Baseline Road from Brookwood Parkway to SE Borwick Street is scheduled for milling and final paving starting May 31. Dates are expected to begin after Memorial Day weekend. Be prepared for long weekday delays 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. until mid-June. Traffic lights on Baseline at Brookwood Parkway and 53rd will be shut down June 1 and 2. Flaggers to direct traffic.
Major road paving work is expected to continue on the following roads;
Utility work on SW 124th Avenue will be in full swing beginning June 6 and expected to continue until early August. Flaggers will direct traffic through the project area.
Road widening work on River Road between Farmington to Rosedale was completed last October, and paving of River Road from Farmington to Oakhurst is wrapping up May 27. Rosedale Road from River to 229th will be paved May 31 and June 1. Hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The road will remain open, with flaggers controlling one-way traffic. Expect delays or use an alternate route.
Where can you expect to encounter roadwork? We just published our 2016-2017 Road Work Map. Check here to see if your commute route will be worked on in the coming year.
NOTE: All paving work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.
View our Road Closures and Traffic Advisories page for additional work that may impact your commute.
Follow @WashCoRoads on Twitter for road alerts.
Bike and Ped News (updated 5/27/16)
The Oregon Transportation Commission just adopted the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The plan creates a framework for making decisions and trade-offs, based on the challenges and opportunities Oregon faces today and will likely face in the future. What’s next? The plan will be used in the development of regional and local Transportation System Plans, other planning efforts, and in overall decision making. The plan raises the prominence and importance of biking and walking travel options.
The Dick Inukai Birthday Run 5K starts at 9 a.m. on May 28 at Dick’s Country in Hillsboro. Participants will be on Baseline, Dennis, Main, Ebberts, Garibaldi, 10th, and Padgett.
A School Access Improvement Study was recently completed for Washington County. The plan identifies safety improvements needed on County roadways surrounding 53 public schools.
Heads up! Pause your play when crossing tracks and streets. Stay alert. Stay alive.
Traffic Safety (updated 5/27/16)
The Washington County Sheriff's Office will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign through May 29 in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
Road construction season is in full swing in Oregon. In addition to many state and County road projects, there's utility work, infrastructure improvements and development projects under construction. Washington County joins Oregon Department of Transportation in reminding road users that orange is your cue to slow down and pay attention.
Adopt-A-Road (updated 5/27/2016)
Adopt-A-Road volunteers are scheduled to pick up litter along the following roads:
Thank you, volunteers!