Week of 4/24/20
Road projects, maintenance on schedule
You’ve probably noticed there’s a lot less traffic in Washington County these days, which has some folks wondering why Land Use & Transportation (LUT) and other road agencies aren’t doing all road construction and repairs scheduled for the summer now.

Despite physical distancing challenges, LUT staff and contractors are making good progress on projects under construction. The Elwert/Kruger roads intersection, Roy Rogers Road, 198th Avenue, Jenkins Road, 69th Avenue bridge, Scotch Church Road bridge and the Mt. Richmond bridge projects are all on or ahead of schedule, thanks to the early dry weather. Our Operations and Maintenance road crews have also been able to take advantage of the weather to get a head start on many of our seasonal maintenance activities. Visit wc-roads.com for a complete list of projects in construction.

We are generally not, however, able to start new road construction projects ahead of schedule. Lead times for design, permitting, contracting and more keep project start dates on a pretty strict schedule. We also can’t bid construction jobs ahead of schedule from a monetary perspective.

Our Urban Road Maintenance District (URMD) slurry seal program and our overlay work will begin once the weather is more consistently dry. Projects scheduled to begin later this spring and summer are moving forward . Those starting construction through early July include:

  • B Street bridge replacement

  • Butner Road culvert

  • Johnson Street sidewalk - URMD project

  • Madeline Street sidewalk URMD project

  • Several pedestrian crossings as part of our Safe Routes to School program

  • Road Fund overlay program

  • URMD slurry seal program

As our crews and contractors work to keep travelers safe through road improvements and maintenance, we ask that travelers remember to keep those folks safe in return. With less traffic on the roads, it’s tempting to speed. Please remember to slow down and pay attention when you see the orange signs. THANK YOU!  Learn more

ODOT is forming a 15-member Equity and Mobility Advisory Committee (EMAC) to advise on how tolling, combined with other strategies, can benefit historically underserved populations.

The EMAC will also support the development of an equity framework for I-5 and I-205 tolling projects and for other state tolling locations that may be evaluated in the future. The committee will advise both ODOT and OTC.

The committee will be comprised of up to five at-large positions filled through an application process; the remainder will be appointed. At-large members will represent communities of interest. These members will share information between the EMAC and the communities they represent.

Apply online before May 1. Learn more
Road closures
  • Elwert/Kruger Road and Sunset Boulevard, between Elwert and Kruger roads and Hwy 99W, closed through June 30, for construction of the Elwert/Kruger roundabout project. Access closed between Elwert/Kruger roads and Highway 99W. Elwert and Kruger roads will remain open to traffic with lane closures. Detour map
  • Mt. Richmond Road, between Patton Valley and South roads, through May 13, for replacement of a bridge with two box culverts. Detour map
Lane closures
  • First Avenue (OR-219), between Baseline Street (OR-8) and Oak Street (OR-8), through summer. Lane closures all hours; two-lane closure 10 p.m.-5 a.m. weekdays. Traffic may be stopped for up to 20 minutes. Intersection improvements by Oregon Department of Transportation. Map
  • 119th Avenue, between Cornell Road and Coleman Drive, daytime hours through May 1 for paving work by Tualatin Valley Water District.
  • 175th Avenue, between Arbutus Drive and Pronghorn Lane, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays through April 30, for development-related road construction by Valley Pacific Construction. Map
  • 198th Avenue, between Farmington Road and Tualatin Valley Highway, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays intermittently through Dec. 31. Map
  • Barnes Road, between Valeria View Drive and SW Lois Lane, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. through April 30, for construction related to Peterkort parking lot. Map
  • Jenkins Road, between 158th Avenue and Murray Boulevard, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 31. Map
  • Kaiser Road, between Brugger Road and Ridgeline Street, intermittent daytime lane closures, through April 30 for construction related to development project. Map
  • Scholls Ferry Road, between Strobel Road and 175th Avenue, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through April 30 (extended), for utility work by NEI. Map
Neighborhood meetings, required for many Washington County development applications, can be held online temporarily as per the new COVID-19 Virtual Neighborhood Meeting Supplement. The temporary supplemental policy is in effect for the duration of Gov. Kate Brown's "Stay Home. Save Lives" executive order..
May 7 - Proposed 41-lot subdivision (two phases)
At 6 p.m. held virtually ( instructions available here). The property is 10.2 acres in the R-6 District (5-6 units per acre) and is located at 11835, 11830, 11804 and 11740 NW Laidlaw Road. Contact Kenneth Sandblast, Westlake Consultants, at 503-684-0652.

CPO 1; District 2
May 8 - Proposed 2-lot partition
At 7 p.m. held virtually ( instructions available here). The property is 1.43 acres in the R-9 District (7-9 units per acre) and is located at 11280 NW McDaniel Road. Contact David and Anup Engquist at aengquis@hotmail.com or 503-384-0469.

CPO 1; District 2
May 12 - Conversion of garage to living space, new garage
At 6 p.m. at proposed site. The property is 0.22 acre in the R-5 District (4-5 units per acre) and is located at 200 SW 95th Ave. Contact Tuesdae Vo at 503-995-1111.

CPO 1; District 2
Melissa De Lyser | Public Affairs and Communications Manager

Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation

155 N First Ave., Suite 250, MS 16 | Hillsboro, OR 97123

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