Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending July 10, 2015 (posted 7/4/15)
Enjoy the Fourth of July Holiday!
Celebrate this Fourth of July holiday safely! If you plan to partake in any festivities that could result in impairment, be prepared before you leave your house. Designate a driver, download the SaferRide mobile app (for Apple and Android), or take TriMet.
The National Weather Service is predicting very warm temperatures again this weekend. Heat is the number one weather-related killer. Stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed. This includes taking care of pets! Don't leave them inside a vehicle in this heat and make sure they always have access to water.
If you're planning to cool off at Hagg Lake, plan ahead for possible risks, focus on water safety, and be prepared to respond to water emergencies.
Fireworks are a great way to celebrate Independence Day; however, low humidity and hot temps can result in the threat of fires. Use only legal fireworks, have a good operating hose nearby, and dispose of fireworks properly. Contact your local fire department for complete tips.
Expect delays on many local roads while several communities celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with block parties and parades!
All Land Use & Transportation Department offices will be closed tomorrow, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
Bike and Ped News
Washington County’s Department of Land Use & Transportation invites the public to propose candidates for small-scale road improvements. The proposed improvement must address a safety or connectivity issue on a county road. Proposals received by July 15 will be considered in the upcoming project selection process. For more information, contact the Operations and Maintenance Division at 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or email@example.com.
The Council Creek Trail Master Plan is available for review and comment through July 31.
To support the City of Tigard’s strategic efforts to promote walking and its popular trail network, the Tigard Police Department is revitalizing their bicycle patrol team. The patrol team’s goal is to enhance the safety of citizens on the trails throughout the city. Expect to see them along the Fanno Creek Trail starting in July!
2nd Street and Menlo Road will be closed at Farmington Road for two months starting next Monday, July 6 while the contractor replaces the culvert at Erickson Creek. Travelers will be detoured over to Erickson Avenue.
Eastbound lanes of Walker Road are closed between Amberglen and 185th through July 19 while a contractor finishes the installation of a water line. Traffic is being detoured to Cornell Road.
49th Avenue is currently closed at Baseline Road through July 31, while the contractor performs grading work. Vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians are being detoured over to 53rd Avenue.
Tualatin-Sherwood Road will be closed at the railroad crossing west of Oregon Street for up to 72 hours starting Friday evening, August 21. The closure is necessary for replacement of the railroad crossing. Planned detour routes are posted online.
Hocken Avenue is closed between Dawson Way and Hall Boulevard until late spring 2016 while the City of Beaverton’s contractor replaces the bridge over Beaverton Creek. Travelers will need to detour around the closure using Jenkins Road to the north and Dawson Way and Millikan Way to the south.
On the Road
Adopt-A-Road volunteers will be picking up litter along Alexander Street from 185th to 209th (The Journey with Christ). Thank you, volunteers!
Expect delays or use alternate routes during construction on Farmington Road. Work will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with lane restrictions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Flaggers will move traffic through the work zone. Left turns into driveways and side streets will be restricted within the work zone – plan accordingly.
It is summer road construction season. Lots of road work is happening on city streets, county roadways and state highways throughout Washington County. Check with the appropriate road agency for projects in your area. Orange is your clue to slow down and pay attention.
The Willamette Water Supply Program will kick off installing the first section of their water transmission pipeline this fall in partnership with our 124th Avenue extension project. Visit www.ourreliablewater.org for more information about the 30-mile long pipeline project.
Stay Informed / Get Involved
The Washington County Board of Commissioners, at its June 23 meeting, approved a transportation finance program for four high-growth areas. The program will fund a list of projects needed to serve the four areas.
The annual road maintenance program, approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners at its June 23 meeting, includes paving or sealing more than 50 miles of roadway this coming year, including 7 miles in the Urban Road Maintenance District. The goal of the program is to apply the right level of resources at the right time to ensure the most cost-effective use of available funds.
Chip seals on almost 20 miles of rural roads are set to start Monday, July 6.
The 2015 Road Fund Widening and Pavement Overlay projects are currently out for bid with bids due by 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 8. The McDaniel Road, 119th Avenue, Cornell Road and Thompson Road URMD Safety Improvement projects are also out for bid, with bids due by 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 15. 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.
City of Beaverton will hold a public hearing on July 7 on System Development Charges to help fund transportation infrastructure for South Cooper Mountain. The hearing will be held at the Beaverton City Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the completion of the Oleson Road at Fanno Creek bridge replacement project on Saturday, July 11, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Western Pet Supply parking lot. Speakers will begin promptly at noon. Hope to see you there!
Save the date and make plans to meet your neighbors on August 4 for National Night Out. Send a message to criminals that your neighborhood is organized and fighting back! To invite the Sheriff's Office to attend your neighborhood or block party, submit the online request form by July 24.
TriMet announces the first direct bus line between Tualatin and Sherwood. The new line is expected to begin running in June 2016.