Weekly Roadwork News
Flood watch issued for this weekend (updated 9:30 a.m. 12/21/14)
The flood watch issed by the National Weather Service remains in effect through Monday afternoon. The Tualatin River. reached action stage over night and is expected to reach minor flood stage later today. River levels are expected to continue at flood stage into Monday. Landslides and debris flows are possible below steep slopes.
The public is asked to keep storm drains clear to reduce local flooding. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Self-service sandbag sites are located throughout the county if needed.
Travelers are advised not to move or drive around barricades. Never enter areas where water covers the roadway. Even a few inches of flowing water can sweep you off the road. If you encounter water flowing across the road, turn around - don't drown.
Crews are responding to reports of high water on roadways as quickly as possible. But in the meantime, slow down and watch out for the unexpected.
For regional alerts, visit www.publicalerts.org.
For current Washington County road alerts, follow @WashCoRoads on Twitter.
Highlights for the week ending December 26, 2014 (posted 12/19/14)
Tis the season ... to be smart and be safe. Winter Solstice is Sunday -- the shortest day and the longest night of the year. As a driver, be on the look out for hard to see pedestrians and bicyclists. If you're on foot or bike, dress to be seen -- be flashy, be shiny, be reflective.
In this season of low visibility, paying attention is even more critical to safety. Avoid distractions and stay focused on safely getting to your destination. Set aside those electronic devices.
If holiday parties are part of your plan, designate a driver or volunteer to be a sober driver. If you host a party, plan ahead to make sure your guests arrive home safely. ODOT's tips for a safe celebration...
Celebrate New Year's Eve safely. Ride TriMet free after 8 p.m. MAX will be running extra late. Details at trimet.org/nye.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Get Involved / Stay Informed
If you missed the open house for the David Hill Road extension and OR 47 @ Verboort-Purdin Road improvement projects, you can still review all of the displays from the open house online. Comments and questions can be submitted by contacting Kim Haughn at 503-846-7822.
The City of Hillsboro will be holding an open house on January 7 for the Downtown Two-Way Conversion project. Stop by the Hillsboro Civic Center (Room 113B/C) any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to learn more.
The community is invited to an open house for the 170th Avenue/Merlo Road conceptual design plan on January 15. Stop in the Beaverton School District Office any time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to learn more about this critical north-south corridor between Baseline Road and TV Highway. Translation services are available with advance notice.
Get involved and stay informed about several planning initiatives around the county.
The Oregon Transportation Commission invites public input on the first-of-its-kind Transportation Options Plan. Comments will be accepted until January 30.
Save the date! Attend an open house for the Farmington Road (Murray to Hocken) project on February 26 at the Beaverton Community Center. The public is invited to stop by any time between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. No formal presentation is planned.
On the Road
Bridge Maintenance crews are working on the bridge a half mile south of Meek on Jackson School Road. Drainage Maintenance crews are working on Killin and Strassel roads. Clean up of storm debris continues.
Staff in the Asset Management section continue work on next year's road maintenance program. After internal review, the draft list of planned maintenance activities will be shared with other agencies, utilities, stakeholders and the public. Public review and opportunity for public input is expected in early March.
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.