Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending September 26, 2014 (posted 9/19/14)
Fall is almost here which means election season is just around the corner. Here's a timely reminder that the public should never place temporary signs in the county road right-of-way. Illegally placed roadside signs can cause safety issues and they generate many complaints. Where can they legally be placed? And what can you do when illegal signs clutter your commute? Check out our Roadside Signs Fact Sheet.
Local residents are invited to "walk, run, ride or roll" the Beaverton portion of the Westside Regional Trail on Sunday, September 21, as the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District stages its third annual Sunday Trailways event. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating completion of three new Westside Trail segments totaling 1.5 miles.
Liberty High School will be holding their homecoming parade on Friday, September 26, starting at 5:30 p.m. The route includes Rock Creek Boulevard, Jacobsen Road along with various other roads. Expect temporary closures as the parade passes through.
Saturday, September 27, is the SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup. Volunteer for litter cleanup, tree planting or invasive plant removal. Help keep Oregon clean.
The Harvest Century bike ride is next Sunday, September 28, starting at 8 a.m. Expect to see bicyclists on county and city roads from Wilsonville to Forest Grove.
Get Involved/Stay Informed
Attend an open house on September 24 for the SW 124th Avenue and Willamette Water Supply Program projects. Stop by TVF&R’s Training Center any time between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to learn more about both projects. No formal presentation is planned.
Washington County's Transportation Development Tax rate discounts will end September 30. This tax paid by developers helps pay for capacity improvements on major roads.
Washington County's Minor Betterment Committee asks the public to review and comment on the top candidates being considered for funding in 2015-16. Comments submitted by October 17 will be considered by the committee. Community organizations interested in hosting a presentation about the Minor Betterment Program and candidates in their area are encouraged to contact the Operations & Maintenance Division.
On the Road
Construction of the Scholls Ferry Road Urban Maintenance Road District safety improvement project started this week. The contractor will construct a widened shoulder between Hamilton Street and Raleighwood Way and will add striping from Raleighwood south to the TriMet stop. Completion is expected by mid-October.
Paving on Alexander Street between 185th and 209th resumes September 26 through 30 (excluding the weekend). Paving on Farmington Road between Highway 219 and 209th Avenue is scheduled to begin Friday, October 3, through October 14 (excluding weekends). Paving will occur from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Expect delays or use alternate routes. Paving is weather dependent and dates are subject to change.
Crack sealing continues on West Union Road from Cornelius Pass to Helvetia. Pavement repairs continue on Scoggins Valley and Zion Church roads.
Adopt-A-Road volunteers are picking up litter along several roads this week. Thank you, volunteers!
ODOT's TV Highway (Minter Bridge to 331st) paving project update:
ODOT and Washington County jointly received a $10.1 million federal grant for advanced transportation management system improvements on several state highways and major county roads. The improvements will help traffic flow more smoothly on Cornelius Pass Road, 185th Avenue, Murray Boulevard, Scholls Ferry Road, TV Highway (OR 8), and the Sunset Highway (US 26). Completion is scheduled for 2016.
ODOT, in cooperation with Washington County and the City of Hillsboro, has started design on the U.S. 26 widening project from Cornelius Pass to 185th Avenue. This project will widen U.S. 26 to three travel lanes in each direction. Construction is planned for 2017.
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 City of Beaverton is performing daytime closures for westbound traffic on Barrows Road between Roshak Road and Scholls Ferry Road until October 15. Westbound traffic is being detoured onto Horizon Boulevard. This work is related to their sewer and waterline project. Contact the City of Beaverton for more details.
Johnson Street between 209th and 204th will be temporarily closed starting Monday, September 22, while the developer installs a sewer line for the new development. They will reopen the road the morning of Friday, September 26.
166th Avenue will be closed between Moonstone and the dead-end starting next Monday, September 22, while the City of Beaverton's contractor installs infrastructure for a new city well. Contact the City of Beaverton for complete details.
The City of Tigard will temporarily close 72nd Avenue between Dartmouth and Elmhurst starting September 25 through October 16 while their contractor makes various improvements to the roadway and intersection. Visit their project webpage for more details.