The Department of Land Use & Transportation
Weekly Update

  LUT Offices will be closed  
Friday (Dec. 25) and Friday (Jan. 1) for the holidays.


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Weather update:   

Sinkhole results in closure of Beef Bend Road at 146th Avenue 

A sinkhole on Beef Bend Road at 146th Avenue resulted in closure of the road, 1.7 miles west of Highway 99W, effective Tuesday, Dec. 22.

The hole is about 2 feet in diameter on the surface, but widens below the road, extending into a travel lane. It is estimated to be about 20 feet deep.  There is water at the bottom of the hole, and a section of culvert appears to be broken.

Inspectors and engineers are developing a repair plan. The road is expected to remain closed indefinitely. All travelers, including bicyclists and pedestrians, must use alternate routes.

Replacement of the washed-out culvert on Timber Road is already underway. Pihl Excavating Inc. plans to complete the installation of the new culvert on Wednesday. Timber Road will reopen the week of Dec. 28, if weather conditions allow.

Rain has prevented repairs to the 229th Avenue bridge. Crews remain optimistic that the weather will cooperate long enough for repairs to be completed by Jan. 4. If the repairs are not completed, ODOT will require the bridge's weight limit to be reduced to 3 tons.

Crews continue to respond to all emergency situations on County roads promptly. This includes reports of 24 downed trees resulting from high winds on Monday, Dec. 21. Of those 24, 22 locations were cleared within than 24 hours.

Rain is expected to continue through the week, tapering off by Christmas Day (Friday), according to the National Weather Service. As weather conditions improve, crews will begin repairing damaged shoulders, drainage ditches, small slides, and potholes. Repairs are being prioritized to take advantage of favorable conditions. To report road issues, use this online submission form

For the latest information on road conditions, visit wc-roads.comMedia release


Miguel Guzman, ECS Engineering Technician II, LUT, and Lee Blevins, Program Educator, WCSO

Community Outreach:  

LUT staff participates in Be Seen Be Safe program

Reflective orange and yellow vests adorned with blinking lights were the attire of the day for 14 Land Use & Transportation (LUT) employees and three Sheriff's Office (WCSO) employees on Wednesday, Dec. 16.  The employees were at TriMet MAX stations throughout the County, urging riders to "Be Seen and Be Safe."   

Employees handed out blinking lights to riders from 6-7:30 a.m.  Riders were urged to attach the lights to their clothing and/or backpacks so that motorists and Trimet drivers could easily see them in the dark. 

"People were really enthusiastic," said Diane Overstreet, LUT Communications Administrative Assistant, who organized the event. "Many people asked for more than one light so they could give them to their children and spouses. The whole program was a really great awareness builder."

LUT teams were at Beaverton Transit Center, Elmonica Station, Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport Station, Tuality Hospital Station, Hillsboro Central Station, and Hatfield Government Center.  TriMet Be Seen Be Safe website  


Visit www.wc-roads.com for the latest road information, including capital road construction, upcoming road maintenance work and weekend events that may impact traffic in Washington County.


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Melissa De Lyser | Communications Coordinator
Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation
155 N First Avenue, Suite 350 MS 16 | Hillsboro, OR  97124
503-846-4963 direct | 971-713-9658 mobile | 503-846-3588 fax
melissa_de_lyser@co.washington.or.us | www.co.washington.or.us/lut