Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending November 7, 2014 (posted 10/31/14)
Tonight is Halloween, a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads and the increase in pedestrians during the evening hours. The Oregon State Police offer tips to keep Halloween fun, not tragic.
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 2. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour. While it may seem like people will be getting an extra hour of sleep, that's not always the case. Any change in a sleeping pattern can cause tiredness. ODOT offers tips to prevent drowsy driving.
A noticeable change will be darkness for Monday's evening commute. Changing seasons is a time to step up your visibility with light-colored or fluorescent clothing and by adding reflective materials as well as lights. Monday morning, Washington County will join TriMet in getting the word out by handing out blinkers and reflective stickers at MAX stations and on Route 57 busses. Be seen. Be safe.
Washington County hosted a winter planning meeting Friday morning, October 31, for public works agencies, utilities, emergency responders and other community partners. The National Weather Service presented a winter outlook and attendees shared winter operations plans. Many public agencies in Washington County have formal partnerships to share resources and work collaboratively.
Get Involved / Stay Informed
Materials from the Bonny Slope West/Area 93 Community Planning open house, including information on future road improvements in the area, are now available online. The public is invited to review and provide input on the reports and maps. Public comments will be shared with the Bonny Slope West Community Planning team.
Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation will host a 170th Avenue/Merlo Road Conceptional Design open house on Wednesday, November 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Beaverton School District offices.
Learn more about the Council Creek Regional Trail master plan at an open house on Wednesday, November 5, from 6 p.m. 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.
Help identify ideas, needs, opportunities and priorities for trails in Hillsboro. Attend 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.
The Willamette Water Supply Program will hold a series of open houses in Washington County and also sponsor an online open house. These open houses provide opportunities for the public to give feedback on the potential pipeline routes. Several pipeline route options are being considered for further study and refinement. Construction in most areas will not begin for several years.
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.
On the Road
Paving on Farmington Road between 209th Avenue and Highway 219 has been rescheduled for November 7 through 17 (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 17 through 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Paving is weather dependent and dates are subject to change.
Adopt-A-Road volunteers will be maintaining landscaping on Barnes Road (Beta Sigma Phi). Thank you, volunteers!
Washington County elections officials are asking last-minute voters to drop off their ballots at official collection sites as soon as possible. To safely accommodate curb-side ballot collection, some changes to traffic patterns will be in place on Murray Boulevard, Hall Boulevard, and Brookwood Parkway.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises that Germantown Road will be closed between Lilac Road and Harbor Boulevard Saturday and Sunday, 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.
Vehicle Registration Fee FAQs (posted 10/31/14)
Our roads are a lifeline, community connector and economic driver. It’s become increasingly difficult to maintain our roads in good and safe condition. Costs for asphalt and other materials keep climbing. And, as people use more efficient cars and drive less, gas tax revenues are projected to decline. The result is a growing maintenance backlog.
Washington County voters are deciding on Measure 34-221, a proposed countywide vehicle registration fee as a local solution to this challenge. The proposed fee would be $30 per year for most vehicles and $17 per year for motorcycles. Funds would be used for proactively maintaining county and city roads. Taking care of roads now can keep future costs down. Maintain Today. Save Tomorrow. For more information, including Frequently Asked Questions, visit www.co.washington.or.us/vrf
Ballots must be dropped off at one of the many ballot drop sites around the county by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4.