Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending April 24, 2015 (posted 4/17/15)
Over the next 18 months, the forward-thinking Washington County Transportation Futures Study will evaluate the type of transportation investments needed to sustain our economic health and quality of life in the coming decades. The Study Advisory Committee's first meeting is Friday, April 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Beaverton City Council Chambers. The meeting agenda will include time for public comments. The study's first online open house will be available from April 24 through May 15 on the project website: www.WCTransportationFutures.org.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month! Approximately one out of every four crashes involves cell phones (including hands-free devices)! Learn more about distracted driving.
April is National Safe Digging Month! NW Natural and Washington County would like to remind diggers the importance of calling 8-1-1 before all outdoor digging projects, large or small. Visit digsafelyoregon.com for more information about this free service!
Roy Road between Mountaindale and Wilkesboro will be closed to all through traffic on Monday, April 20, for railroad crossing repairs. Use an alternate route.
On the Road
Adopt-A-Road volunteers will be picking up litter along Barnes Road from Lois to 118th (Catlin Gable School). Thank you, volunteers!
Crews will be repairing pavement on Carpenter Creek. Shoulder maintenance will be performed on Cedar Canyon, Gordon, Swank and Thatcher roads. Vegetation maintenance crews will be brush cutting on Knight and Lodge roads. Roadway landscape maintenance will be performed along 170th Avenue from Rigert to Farmington.
Expect intermittent day and nighttime delays and lane restrictions on Baseline and Oak in Hillsboro over the next several months as ODOT's TV Highway Paving Project continues.
ODOT continues work on Scholls Ferry Road between Cascade Avenue and OR 217. Work on this safety project will be complete this fall 2015.
We recently partnered with ODOT to set up a "Roundabout Roadeo" event at Portland Meadows. Life-sized replicas of two proposed roundabouts--one on US 20 in Sisters, and the proposed OR 47 roundabouts were set up and tested with a variety of oversized trucks and loads. It was a success! Check out the video (some of which is time-lapse and not actual driving speed).
Get Involved / Stay Informed
Earth Day comes just once a year. Be a part of Oregon's largest Earth Day event! SOLVE IT is a statewide day of caring for our local environment and communities. Sign up at a project site in Washington County to get in on the battle against trash and invasive plants. Projects will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The following projects are currently out for bid:
• Groveland Drive (Groveland to Helvetia) capital project – bids due 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 21 (originally due April 15)
• Scholls Ferry Road (Whitford to Denney) sidewalk project - bids due 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 22
• Cornelius Pass Road (Cornell to U.S. 26) capital project – bids due 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 28
• URMD Overlay - bids due 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 6
Visit the ORPIN website for more details. To purchase plan sets, call 503-846-7800 or stop by our office at 1400 SW Walnut Street in Hillsboro.
ODOT has launched a virtual open house to enlist the public's help in preparing an inventory of "active transportation" (walking and biking) needs on ODOT highways in the Portland area. The virtual open house can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ATNI and will be accepting public comments until April 19.
The City of Hillsboro will be holding a public open house on April 23 to discuss the Hillsboro Downtown Two-Way Street Conversion project. Stop by the Hillsboro Civic Center (Room 113 B/C) any time between 5 and 7 p.m.
In case you missed the Jackson School Road project open house, the exhibits are now viewable online. This project will be discussed at City of Hillsboro's Transportation Committee meeting on April 28. The meeting is open to the public.
Save the date! We'll be holding a combined project open house for the County's Cornelius Pass Road (Cornell to U.S. 26) capital project and ODOT's U.S. 26 (Cornelius Pass to 185th) widening project on May 7 at Liberty High School. The public is invited to stop by any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to learn more about both projects. No formal presentations are planned.
Comment on the Draft Infrastructure Funding Plan for Bonny Slope West. Comments need to be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015.
Mark your calendars for an open house on May 13 for the Gales Creek Road bridge replacement project. The public is invited to stop by the Gales Creek Fire Station any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to learn more about this project. No formal presentation is planned.
Registration is now open for the next LUT Development Forum to be held on April 30, 2015. The Development Forum provides an opportunity for customers in the development and building industry to learn more about the County’s development-related services, initiatives, and process timelines. Visit www.co.washington.or.us/DevForum for more details.