Weekly Roadwork News
Highlights for the week ending May 29, 2015 (posted 5/22/15)
County offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Washington County will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m., at the Washington County Fairground's Veterans Memorial Gateway. The event will honor our nation's brave service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The public is invited to attend.
Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, in partnership with ODOT and local law enforcement agencies, will provide extra patrols to enhance safety for the Memorial Day holiday travel period. Deputies remind drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances, wear seat belts and secure children in properly fitted child restraints. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day holiday travel experience!
On the Road
Watch for runners and walkers on Dennis Avenue, Baseline Street, Main Street, 10th Avenue and Padgett Road on Saturday morning, May 23. The Dick Inukai Birthday Run 5K starts and finishes at Dick's Country Dodge in Hillsboro.
Adopt-A-Road volunteers will be picking up litter along Riedweg Road (Riedweg Road Residents) and along Mecham and Linklater roads (Whiskey Creek Gang). Thank you, volunteers!
Washington County crews continue roadside mowing and brush cutting, guardrail maintenance, roadway striping, sign repair, and pothole filling. Portions of Cedar Canyon Road are being paved. Scholls Ferry Road from River Road to Hwy 219 is being crack sealed. Pavement grinding on Kemmer Road from 171st to 175th and on 175th Avenue from High Hill to Kemmer is being done in preparation for paving this summer. Shoulder maintenance will be done on 119th from Cornell to McDaniel and on 175th from Scholls Ferry to Kemmer. Drainage maintenance is scheduled on Rood Bridge Road between Burkhalter and the Hillsboro city limits. Crews will be brush cutting along Strassel Road.
Continue to expect delays along Baseline Road between Brookwood and 231st and between 201st and Willow Creek Drive. The speed limit has been temporarily reduced to 30 mph for the safety of the workers and travelers. The reduced speed limit applies 24/7.
Expect nighttime single-lane closures on Baseline Street (between First and Dennis) and on Oak Street (between 10th and Dennis) from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. Expect daytime single-lane closures on Oak Street and Baseline Street (between 10th and Dennis) as well as 10th Avenue (between Maple and Baseline) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. This work is related to ODOT's TV Highway Paving Project.
ODOT continues work on Scholls Ferry Road between Cascade Avenue and OR 217. Expect daytime shoulder closures in both directions Tuesday through Friday. Visit ODOT's Scholls Ferry Road (OR210) safety project website for more details.
ODOT (in cooperation with the City of Tigard and Washington County) is making improvements to OR 99W at SW Gaarde/McDonald Street. Expect daytime delays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Night work is also scheduled to occur from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Work continues on ODOT’s OR10/Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway at Western Avenue/SW 103rd Avenue safety project. Expect nighttime lane restrictions on OR10 and Western from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Construction begins June 1 on the Farmington Road (Murray to Hocken) project. This $21.4 million project will make needed safety and capacity improvements including widening the roadway to five lanes (two in each direction with a center turn lane), bike lanes, sidewalks, street lights, and utility upgrades. The road improvement work is funded through MSTIP, with water and sanitary system improvements funded by the City of Beaverton. Travelers should expect delays or use alternate routes during construction. TV Highway is the suggested alernate route for through traffic, including trucks. The project is expected to be complete in two years. Better roads ahead!
Hocken Avenue is closed between Dawson Way and Hall Boulevard for up to 14 months 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.
Walker Road is closed to eastbound traffic between Amberglen Parkway and 185th Avenue for approximately two weeks, through June 5. Following the eastbound closure, the road will be completely closed between 191st Avenue and 189th Way for approximately three weeks. After the full closure, the road will revert back to an eastbound closure for approximately two to three more weeks. The closures are necessary for a contractor to install a waterline. Traffic is being detoured over to Cornell Road.
Plans are being made to close Tualatin-Sherwood Road west of Oregon Street from Friday evening, August 21, through Sunday evening, August 23, for railroad crossing repairs.
Get Involved / Stay Informed
The Brookwood Parkway (Shute to Meek) road improvement project and 2015 Minor Betterment Projects (Barnes, Leahy, Rock and Walker roads) will go out for bid on Tuesday, May 26. Bids are due by Wednesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. 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.
Last November, voters approved a change to the Washington County Charter that will soon prompt changes to the boundaries of the four commissioner districts. Now County residents get to weigh in on how those changes should occur. Attend one of the four planned workshops, or go online to learn about the proposals and leave your comments. UPDATE: A sixth option is now offered for public comment.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners has adopted Resolution & Order 15-25, which will increase Transportation Development Tax (TDT) rates by 0.962 percent effective July 1. Visit our Transportation Development Tax page for more information and to view the TDT rate tables.
Oregon is pioneering a new way to pay for transportation with OReGO, the nation's first per-mile road usage charge. The program goes live on July 1, and ODOT is looking for volunteers to test the system.
What can you do about the clutter and distraction of illegally placed roadside signs? They can block visibility, limit pedestrian access and compete with traffic control signs for drivers' attention. Roadside signs are prohibited along all county roads outside of cities. To report illegal roadside signs, call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623), email or submit an online service request.
Bike and Ped News
There's one week left to dust off that bike seat and pump up those tires for National Bike Month! Challenge your family, friends and co-workers to see who can ride the most days in May.
Design work continues on several small improvement projects (approved in 2014, approved in 2015) funded by Minor Betterment, URMD Safety Improvement, and Gain Share programs. Construction is slated to start on many of these projects later this year. Six more projects will go before the Board of County Commissioners for approval in June for construction in 2016-17.
Work Zone Safety
Each and every day, no matter the time of year, when we use the roads and streets in Oregon, we need to take responsibility to keep ourselves and those around us safe. Washington County joins ODOT in urging travelers to take a couple of actions to protect themselves, their passengers and construction workers. Together, we can make a difference. Check out ODOT's new infographic to see the problem explained visually.
Orange is your clue to slow down and pay attention. Where can you expect road work? Check out our Road Work Map and Road Work Flyer for projects planned on Washington County roads. Check out ODOT's improved TripCheck.com for info on state highways.