Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending September 5, 2014 (posted 8/29/14)
Back to School Safety
Washington County Roads joins the Sheriff's Office in promoting back to school safety. Enhanced patrols around school zones will remind drivers to slow down, be extra cautious, and watch for children and school buses. Oregon Department of Transportation reminds everyone to share the road and watch out for each other. Have a safe and enjoyable school year!
Get Involved / Stay Informed
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.
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. For more information, see the media release.
TriMet's Orenco Park & Ride will be temporarily closed, and the Line 47-Baseline/Evergreen bus stop at the Park & Ride will be relocated due to a private development project at the Orenco/NW 231st Ave Station. Service to the Blue Line Orenco Station will not be affected by this work and access to the station will be maintained throughout the duration of the construction project. More...
On the Road
Adopt-A-Road volunteers are picking up litter along Bump and Linklater roads (Whiskey Creek Gang) and along Gordon Road from Zion Church to Beach (Wascoe's Most Wanted). Thank you, volunteers!
Paving preparation (milling) work on Scholls Ferry Road between Roy Rogers and
Paving is planned next week on Terman Road from Terman to Murray-northbound and on Alexander Street from 170th to 185th. Roads will remain open but may be limited to one-way traffic controlled by flaggers. Expect delays or use alternate routes.
Pavement repairs continue on Mountaindale Road, Scoggins Valley Road and Tongue Lane. Shoulder maintenance continues on River Road. Guardrails are being repaired on Farmington Road at the bridge east of River Road. Community Service workers continue landscape maintenance on 170th Avenue from Rigert to Blanton.
Pre-marking for pavement striping on the roads chip sealed this summer is almost complete. All striping is expected to be restored by the end of September.
If you travel Highway 47 north of Forest Grove, you'll notice some new Through-Route Activated Warning Signs. The flashing beacons on the signs warn motorists that there is cross traffic at the Highway 47 - Verboort/Purdin intersection so drivers can slow down and look out for approaching vehicles. Oregon Department of Transportation installed the signs to help address safety concerns until a roundabout can be built at the intersection. ODOT has already reduced the speed limit from 50 to 45 mph, applied rumble strips, and installed "Headlights on for Safety" signs. Construction of the roundabout is expected to begin in late 2015 or early 2016.
ODOT's TV Highway (Minter Bridge to 331st) paving project will take a break over the holiday weekend. There will be no lane closures on Baseline Street or Oak Street from noon on Friday, August 29, to Tuesday, September 2, due to the Labor Day holiday. Beginning Tuesday, September 2, the right and center lanes on Baseline Street between 4th and 2nd will be closed 24/7. The left lane of Oak Street from 6th to 9th will be closed 24/7 throughout the week. Please drive cautiously and follow construction signage.
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
The City of Tigard will be closing 72nd Avenue between Dartmouth and Elmhurst from September 25 through October 16. The closure is related to intersection improvements. Contact the City of Tigard for more information.
Save the date! Saturday, September 27, is the SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup. Volunteer for litter cleanup, tree planting or invasive plant removal. Help keep Oregon clean!