Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending September 4, 2015 (posted 8/28/15)
The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rains starting tonight and through the weekend. Road surfaces get slick and traveling gets tricky when rain first falls after a long dry spell. Here are some tips for driving in the rain:
If you hydroplane, ease off the gas, gently apply brakes and steer straight ahead.
Visit ODOT's webpage for more driving in the rain tips.
Tualatin-Sherwood Road reopened ahead of schedule after replacement of the railroad crossing west of Oregon Street. The road was closed at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 21, and reopened Sunday at 7 p.m. The work was expected to take up to 72 hours to complete. "Good advance planning and coordination with P&W Railroad crews are what made the early opening possible," according to Dave Schamp, LUT Operations and Maintenance Manager.
Bates Road is closed through August 31 between Patton Valley Road and Old Highway 47 in Gaston for installation of a water line. Traffic is detoured via Old Highway 47.
2nd Street and Menlo Drive are closed at Farmington Road through Sept. 30 (date extended) for culvert replacement at Erickson Creek. Travelers are detoured to Erickson Avenue.
Alden Street will be closed west of Oleson Road, Sept. 7 through Oct. 6, while street and sidewalk improvements are made as part of Clean Water Services’ Alden Water Quality Facility project.
Scoggins Valley Road will be closed west of Tanner Creek Road Sept. 8 through Oct. 12 for replacement of two culverts. All road users will be detoured around the lake via Scoggins Valley Road and West Shore Drive.
Bike and Ped News
The Henry Hagg Lake Loop Trail will be closed at Scoggins Valley Road near Tanner Creek Road Sept. 17 through Oct. 12 while crews replace a culvert.
On the Road
Summer is the busiest road construction season. Roadwork is happening all over Washington County. Check with the appropriate road agency for projects in your area. Orange is your clue to slow down and pay attention!
Paving on 170th Avenue between Blanton and Rigert begins Wednesday, Sept. 2, and continues through Sept. 11, weather permitting. Expect long delays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or use alternate routes.
Road surface crews will be patch paving Campbell Road. Pavement repairs are being made on 113th and on 143rd avenues. The Drainage crew is replacing culverts on Fisher and Mountaindale roads. Vegetation management crews continue roadside mowing. Community Service workers will be maintaining landscaping on Oleson Road. Traffic Operations crews are maintaining signs and refreshing pavement markings. Use caution when encountering a road striping operation; do not drive on wet paint.
Adopt-A-Road volunteers will be picking up litter along 143rd Avenue from Cornell to West Union (Kentco Paintco) and along Bany Road from the city limits to 185th (Valley Catholic Football). Thank you, volunteers!
Micro-surface paving is back on schedule following contractor equipment problems and rain delay. Work is expected to continue next week, depending on weather. Current schedules will be posted online. Scroll down to Road Maintenance Projects.
Asphalt overlay paving on neighborhood streets in the Urban Road Maintenance District wrapped up last week. If you live on or use a street that was recently paved, please let us know what we did well and how we can improve.
Stay Informed / Get Involved
What is MSTIP? Read about Washington County's Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program and plans for selecting projects to be constructed in the next round of MSTIP funding in the summer 2015 issue of Updates, a quarterly community newsletter from the Department of Land Use & Transportation. For more frequent news, subscribe to the LUT Weekly Update.