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Why a Vehicle Registration Fee? (posted 10/24/14)
Measure 34-221

State law limits the road maintenance revenue options available to the county. The Board of County Commissioners considered several potential funding sources, and a countywide vehicle registration fee is the preferred option.

  • It is user based. Funds are generated by road users.
  • A registration fee would complement the existing gas tax. Vehicle registrations are stable over time, while gas taxes fluctuate significantly and have stagnated as people drive less and buy more fuel efficient vehicles. Meanwhile, road maintenance costs continue to increase faster than inflation.
  • A vehicle registration fee is simple and cost-effective to implement. If adopted, the county fee would be collected by Oregon DMV at the same time motorists obtain or renew their state vehicle registration.
  • Revenues would be shared between the county (60%) and the cities (40%).
  • Timely cost-effective preventive road maintenance with a dedicated vehicle registration fee would help save taxpayer dollars from being spent on more expensive repairs in the future.
  • All funds would be generated locally and would be used on roads right here in Washington County.

Ballots should be mailed by October 30 or dropped off at one of the many ballot drop sites around the county.

Find out about Washington County's proposed vehicle registration fee for road maintenance. Visit www.co.washington.or.us/vrf

Highlights for the week ending October 31, 2014 (posted 10/24/14)
Minor Betterment public comments

Get Involved / Stay Informed

After review of public comments, the Minor Betterment Committee recommended three pedestrian projects for funding in 2015-2016. The Minor Betterment Program funds small-scale interim improvements which are beyond routine maintenance but not large enough to be programmed as capital improvements.

A North Cooper Mountain Community Open House is planned for Wednesday, October 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Errol Hassell Elementary School.

Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation hosts its fall Development Forum from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, at the Public Services Building in Hillsboro.

Learn more about the Council Creek Regional Trail master plan by stopping by an open house being held on November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Forest Grove Auditorium. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and solicit comments. For more information, visit www.oregonmetro.gov/councilcreek or call (503) 992-3292.

Save the date for the first Hillsboro Trail System Master Plan public open house on November 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hillsboro Main Library.

Community Events

Watch for walkers and runners participating in the North Plains Pumpkin Run on Saturday, October 25. Runners will start at the Jessie Mays Community Park and follow a course including Shadybrook Road, Pumpkin Ridge Road and North Avenue. Use caution.

On the Road

Construction starts Monday, October 27, on the 123rd Avenue Minor Betterment project. This small-scale improvement project will construct a sidewalk on the west side of 123rd from Fairfield to Walker Road. The project is expected to be complete by mid-December.

Paving on Farmington Road between 209th Avenue and Highway 219 has been rescheduled for November 3 through 12 (excluding weekends), from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Expect delays or use alternate routes. 

Paving on Tongue Lane between Highway 219 and Iowa Hill has been rescheduled for November 10 through 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Paving is weather dependent and dates are subject to change.

Bridge maintenance crews are making repairs to the bridge on Turk Road just east of Sell Road and to the bridge on 227th Avenue just north of Quatama. Drainage maintenance crews are working on Hornecker, Strassel and Wunderli Canyon roads. Vegetation management crews are working on Cornelius Pass Road from the county line to West Union Road. Community Service workers are maintaining landscaping along Kaiser Road from Purvis to Banff.

With the return of fall rain, Surface maintenance crews are grading gravel roads. Washington County maintains over 200 miles of gravel roads.

Adopt-A-Road volunteers will pick up litter along the following roads:

  • 209th Avenue from Farmington to the bridge (Life Christian School)
  • Kemmer Road from 175th to 190th (Lucille Cartwright Family)
  • Riedweg Road from Simpson to Unger (Riedweg Road Residents)
  • Verboort Road from Hwy 47 to Cornelius-Schefflin (Forest Grove Kiwanis)

Thank you, volunteers!

Road Closures

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises that Germantown Road will be closed between Lilac Road and Harbor Boulevard for the next two weekends, Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, and November 1 and 2, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The closure is required to repair a retaining wall. Travelers wishing to reach Skyline Boulevard or Highway 30 should use alternate routes such as Newberry or Cornell roads.

166th Avenue is temporarily closed between Moonstone and the dead-end through November 27, while the City of Beaverton's contractor installs infrastructure for a new city well. Contact the City of Beaverton for complete details.

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.

Road Construction Projects  For the week of: 10/19 - 10/25
Road Name From/To Activity Estimated Completion
2014 Minor Betterment & URMD Safety Projects / Construction 12/31/14
Scholls Ferry Road Teal Blvd/Roy Rogers Rd Construction 12/31/14
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Road Maintenance Projects  
Road Name From/To Activity Estimated Completion
227th AV At: 1323 Bridge maintenance 10/31/14
Cornelius Pass RD West Union Rd / Multnomah Co. Jur. Brush Cutting 10/31/14
Farmington Rd 209th Av / Hwy 219 Asphalt overlay 11/12/14
Hornecker RD Begin Co.Jur.(.06 se/Br.#1313) / Susbauer Rd Drainage maintenance 10/31/14
Kaiser Rd Purvis Rd / Banff Rd Landscape maintenance-Community Service 10/27/14
Old Hwy 47 Scoggins Valley Rd / 835 feet south Asphalt overlay 11/19/14
Scoggins Valley Rd Hwy 47 / West Shore Dr Asphalt overlay 11/19/14
Strassel Rd Hwy 26 / Timber Rd Ditching 10/31/14
Tongue Ln Hwy 219 / Iowa Hill Rd Asphalt overlay 11/14/14
Turk Rd At: Bridge 1323 Bridge maintenance 10/31/14
Wunderli Canyon RD Mountain Home Rd / Pvt gate (e) Drainage maintenance 10/31/14
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