The Department of Land Use & Transportation
Weekly Update

Use caution when passing slow-moving farm vehicles

Harvest season is going strong, and farm vehicles are traveling the more than 600 miles of rural roads in Washington County. Motorists need to continue to be vigilant when sharing the road with large, slow-moving farm equipment.

Slow-moving vehicles are required to display a triangular sign with a red reflective border and a florescent orange-red center. Motorists are allowed to pass vehicles displaying these signs if the roadway is clear of oncoming traffic. Even in a no-passing zone, motorists are allowed to pass slow-moving vehicles, but should use extra caution.

The most common accidents involving slow-moving farm vehicles occur during left turns. For example, a farm vehicle operator may be swinging wide to enter a gate or driveway, but to another motorist, the farm vehicle may appear to be pulling over to let other drivers pass. Motorists need watch for gates, driveways or access roads that could indicate a left turn.  More on sharing the road 


Opportunities to get involved:

Submit comments on Top Safety Improvement Candidates

The public is invited to comment on the Top URMD Safety Improvement Candidates that are being considered for funding.

All comments submitted by Oct. 16 will be reviewed by the Urban Road Maintenance District Advisory Committee. To review and comment on the candidates, visit the Top URMD Safety Improvement Candidates webpage. Or, submit comments by emailing lutops@co.washington.or.us or by calling 503-846-7623. Please reference the candidate number and road name.   Media release 



Help Tualatin Hills Park and Rec name two parks

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) Board of Directors is asking residents in the Cedar Mill area to propose names for two newly acquired parks in the Timberland development.

One site is at NW 118th Avenue and NW Stone Mountain Lane.  The one-acre park has a public plaza, splash pad, play equipment, and open lawn area. The second site is an 8.77-acre natural area at NW 116th Avenue and NW Cedar Falls Drive. The site has natural resources including hiking, wildlife viewing and other activities.

The deadline for submission is Oct. 2.  To submit names and learn more about the park sites, visit the THPRD News webpage. The board will consider proposed names at its Oct. 5 meeting.

CPO 1; District 2

County ongoing roadwork projects:

Roadwork and road closures - be safe in work zones:
There are road maintenance and construction projects happening throughout the county. Be sure to check www.wc-roads.com for the most current roadwork information. All paving work is weather-dependent and schedules may be adjusted due to changes in the weather or for other unforeseen circumstances.
2015 County Road Work Map
Check out our map depicting all of this year's planned county road work projects, including major maintenance activities and minor safety improvement projects at www.wc-roads.com/uploadedfiles/2015-Construction-Map.pdf 
Taylor Street sidewalk construction underway
Construction of a new sidewalk on the south side of Taylor Street between 90th Avenue and Winwood Drive, started Sept. 21. It is expected to be completed by the end of November. This project is funded through the 2015 Gain Share program.
CPO 1; District 2

Construction on McDaniel and Cornell roads continues

Construction of pedestrian facilities on McDaniel Road and Cornell Road, both Urban Road Maintenance District Safety Improvement Projects, are expected to be completed Nov. 30. The McDaniel Road Project calls for adding a wider shoulder to the south side between Harding Court and Arnott Lane. The Cornell Road Project will add a pedestrian facility on the north side of the roadway between 102nd and 97th avenues.  Travelers should expect delays or use alternate routes.

CPO 1; District 2

Menlo Drive, 2nd Street closed at Farmington through Sept. 30

Menlo Drive and 2nd Street at Farmington Road will remain closed through Sept. 30 for installation of a new culvert under Farmington Road. Local traffic is being detoured to Erickson Avenue. Farmington Road Project

Beaverton; District 1

Brookwood Parkway work done during nighttime hours

Brookwood Parkway, between Meek and Shute roads, is being widened to three lanes in each direction. Construction will be done during nighttime hours: 7 p.m.-5 a.m. Monday-Friday and 10 p.m.-8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The speed limit in the work zone has been reduced to 45 mph for the safety of workers and travelers. The project is expected to be complete in late 2016.   Project website  Media release

CPOs 8 and 9; District 4

Construction on Cornelius Pass Road may cause delays

Cornelius Pass Road, between Cornell Road and Hwy 26, is under construction. Travelers are encouraged to use Brookwood Parkway or 185th Avenue. Cornelius Pass is being widened to include three lanes in each direction, a center median and dedicated turn lanes at several intersections, including Hwy 26. The project is expected to be completed by late 2016.    Project website  Media Release

CPOs 7, 8, and 9; Districts 2 and 4

Baseline Road Project - speed limit reduced to 30 mph
This project will widen Baseline Road to five vehicle lanes with continuous bike lanes and sidewalks between Brookwood Parkway and 231st Avenue. For the safety of the workers and travelers in the project zones, the speed limit has been temporarily reduced to 30 mph. Anticipate lane closures and delays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.    Project Website
CPOs 6, 7 and 9; Districts 1, 2 and 4
Alden Street closed for sidewalk improvements through Oct. 6
Alden Street will be closed west of Oleson Road through Tuesday, Oct. 6, for street and sidewalk improvements. The work is part of Clean Water Services' Alden Water Quality Facility Retrofit Project.
CPO 3; District 3

Scoggins Valley Road closed through Oct. 12
Scoggins Valley Road, west of Tanner Creek Road, is closed to vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians through Monday, Oct. 12, for replacement of two culverts. Traffic will be detoured around the lake via Scoggins Valley Road and West Shore Drive.   Hagg Lake Perimeter Roads project webpage   Media release
CPO 11; District 4
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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Neighborhood Meetings for Proposed Developments:

NOTE: This information is provided as a courtesy only. Developers are required to hold Neighborhood Meetings prior to submitting certain land use applications. A developer may also choose to hold such a meeting voluntarily if it is not required by county code. These meetings are intended to serve as a forum for the developer, affected CPOs, and property owners within the required notification buffer (500 feet in urban areas; 1,000 feet in rural areas) to discuss the proposal prior to the developer submitting an application to the county. County staff do not schedule these meetings and do not attend them. For more information, you can visit our Neighborhood Meeting page.  

Thursday, Sept. 24 - Proposed master plan for Somerset West Park
At 6 p.m. Westview High School Room LS115. The park is 6.16 acres in the INST district (Institutional) and is located at Northwest Rock Creek Boulevard and NW 185th Avenue, taxlot 1N130BC00200. Contact: Melissa Remick, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, at mremick@thprd.org or 503-614-4017.
CPO 7; District 2

Thursday, Sept. 24 - Proposed 3-parcel partition
At 6:30 p.m. at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Station 60. The subject property is 0.44 acre in the R-6 district (Residential 5-6 units per acre) and is located at 2330 NW 111th Ave. Contact: Matthew Newman, Northwest Engineering & Planning, at mattn@nw-eng.com or 503-601-4402.
CPO 1; District 2

Thursday, Sept. 24 - Proposed rebuild of a recreation center
At 7 p.m. at Oak Hills Recreation Center Gym. The subject property is 19.78 acres in the R-5 district (Residential 4-5 units per acre) and is located at 2400 NW 153rd Ave. Contact: David Boyd, Oak Hills Home Owners Association, hdcanboyd@juno.com or 503-307-4583.
CPO 7; District 2

Monday, Oct. 12 - Proposed 54-lot single-family home subdivision
At 6 p.m. at Cooper Mountain Elementary School. The subject property is 10.51 acres in the R-6 district (Residential 5-6 units per acre) and is located at taxlots 1S130DC01400 and  1S130DC01500. Contact: Bill McMonagle; Harris-McMonagle Associates, Inc.; bill@h-mc.com or 503-639-1232.
CPO 6; District 1

Monday, Oct. 12 - Proposed Beaverton School District elementary school
At 7 p.m. at the CPO 7 meeting at Springville K-8 School. The subject property is 9.9 acres in the INST (Institutional) district and is located at  7775 NW Kaiser Road. Contact: Frank Angelo, Angelo Planning Group, fangelo@angelplanning.com or 503-227-3664.
CPO 7; District 2

Check out these pages for more information on Land Development projects in Washington County:

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