Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending April 18, 2014 (posted 4/11/14)
Spring is here and signs are sprouting like weeds along Washington County roads. Besides being a visual blight on the landscape, illegally placed signs block driver visibility and pedestrian access, and they compete with important traffic control signs for driver attention. Signs placed in the Right-of-way are subject to removal. Check out our recent media release to learn more!
Beautiful spring weather often motivates residents to begin outdoor projects, such as building fences, planting trees or repairing a sidewalk. Before you break out that shovel, make sure to call 8-1-1 to have your utilities located. It is a free service that could save your life! Visit the 8-1-1 website for more info!
National "Distracted Driving Awareness" month continues throughout April. A campaign aimed at saving lives reminds motorists, "U Drive. U Text. U Pay." Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, and at 55 mph that's equivalent to driving the length of a football field full of people while blindfolded.
Distracted driving isn't limited to those who text or talk on a phone. Distraction is anything that diverts the driver's attention from the primary task of navigating the vehicle. And walking or biking while distracted is dangerous too. So every time you are out walking, biking or motoring, put away the distractions and focus on getting where you want to go safely. Visit distraction.gov to learn more.
On the Road
Adopt-A-Road volunteers are picking up litter on 198th Avenue from Kinnaman to Farmington (Grant and Mazzarri Families) and on Gales Creek Road from Stringtown to Cox (Pacific University College of Optometry). Thank you, volunteers!
ODOT's contractor will continue nighttime grinding, paving and striping work at the US 26: Glencoe Road Interchange for the next several weeks. Expect nighttime lane closures, with traffic controlled by flaggers.
Work continues on ODOT's TV Highway (Minter Bridge to 331st) paving project. Visit their project website for complete details.
The Urban Road Maintenance District Road Maintenance Overlay project is currently out for bid with bids due Wednesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. For complete details, visit the ORPIN website. To purchase plan sets, call (503) 846-7800 or stop by the Walnut Street Center in Hillsboro.
Get Involved - Stay Informed
The final open house for the Farmington Road (Murray to Hocken) improvement project will be held on April 30 at Beaverton High School's library. Stop by any time between 5 and 7 p.m. to learn more about the final design.
The public is invited to review and comment on the draft road maintenance program for 2014-2015. The annual program identifies maintenance activities that preserve the public's investment in transportation infrastructure. The goal is to provide the highest possible level of service within available resources. Comments may be submitted through May 9.
Clearly our transportation system is important to the state of our county. If you missed Chair Duyck's address, you can read his speech, watch the video and see the handouts on the 2014 State of the County webpage.
Upcoming Road Closure
Wilkesboro Road will be closed just east of Mountaindale Road starting May 5 through June 3 while a contractor reconstructs the existing railroad crossing. Traffic will be rerouted via Roy Road during the closure.