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Community Involvement Calendar

meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 10 a.m.
meets 4th Tuesday
at 6:30 p.m.

Auditorium, Public Services Building
155 N First Ave, Hillsboro
Call: Philip Bransford,

meets 1st Wednesday
at 2 p.m.
meets 3rd Wednesday
at 7 p.m.
Auditorium, Public Services Building
155 N First Ave, Hillsboro
Call: Connie McCracken,

meets 3rd Thursday
at 7:30 a.m.
Training Room 1, Walnut Street Center
1400 SW Walnut St, Hillsboro
Call: Victoria Saager,

meets 3rd Wednesday
at 4 p.m. 
Training Room 1, Walnut Street Center 
1400 SW Walnut St, Hillsboro 
Call: Victoria Saager,

There are CPOs throughout the County, organized geographically. Most meet regularly.  

LUT Directory of Services and Divisions (All area codes are 503)

Kimberly Haughn,
Stephen Roberts,
Victoria Saager,
Bonita Oswald,
graphic design

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A Quarterly Community Newsletter from
the Department of Land Use & Transportation
Story1A Year of Partnerships

Looking Ahead
As 2015 draws to a close, and fiscal year 2015-16 nears the halfway mark, the Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT) is focused on projects scheduled for the upcoming road construction season. The common denominator in these projects is Partnership.

Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp, Washington County Board Chair Andy Duyck, City of Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark, and City of Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden at the 124th Avenue Groundbreaking

LUT works with area jurisdictions to improve, maintain, and improve the quality of life in our communities. Through partnerships with other County departments, the state, cities, special districts, businesses, and others, we strive to save taxpayer dollars and minimize construction impacts. Some examples of upcoming projects that are benefiting from our partnerships:
  • The 124th Avenue Extension, slated to begin in January, includes a partnership with the Willamette Water Supply Program for installation of transmission pipeline. The $30 million project calls for a new two-lane road between Tualatin-Sherwood and Grahams Ferry roads, with safety improvements to other area roads, resulting in 4.4 miles of new and/or improved roadway. The 124th Extension will provide another route connecting Tualatin, Sherwood, and Wilsonville, along with access to land designated for future industrial and employment development in all three cities. As private development occurs, the road will be widened to five lanes.
  • The County is partnering with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) on the Regional Active Traffic Management (ATM) Project. We jointly prepared a successful application for a highly-competitive federal TIGER grant (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery), which will provide $10.1 million; the majority of the project costs. The County's Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) contributed $1.5 million to the ATM project, which will improve traffic flow on major freight and commuter routes - including U.S. 26, Tualatin Valley Highway, Murray Boulevard, Scholls Ferry Road, and Cornelius Pass Road - by providing intelligent transportation system (ITS) elements. These include traveler information, transit signal priority, lane and speed management, bicycle detection at traffic signals, and more. Project design is underway and construction is expected to start in late 2016. The systems are expected to be active by late 2017.
  • The State of Oregon Immediate Opportunity Funds (IOF), MSTIP, and the City of Hillsboro's Transportation Development Tax and Traffic Impact Fee programs are coming together to fund the widening of Cornelius Pass Road between Cornell Road and U.S. 26. The road will be wided to three lanes in each direction with dedicated turn lanes at several intersections, including northbound Cornelius Pass at eastbound U.S. 26. Additional improvements include sidewalks on both sides of the road, a buffered bike lane on the west side, and a two-way bike path on the east side. Additional street lighting and wiring for an interconnected traffic signal system will also be installed between U.S. 26 and Aloclek Drive. Construction started in July and is expected to be finished in late 2016.

  • The MSTIP Bonding Cost-sharing Program, a partnership between Washington County and the cities of Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Tigard, will proactively fund improvements to existing roads in four high-growth areas. Two-thirds of the costs will be paid by the County; the remaining one-third will be funded by the cities - primarily through fees on development. This formula is based on travel forecasting that estimates that, on average, only one-third of travelers will result from the new developments. The remaining traffic will be "regional travel" - trips that begin and end outside of the high-growth areas. Roads slated for improvements in the next several years include portions of Springville Road, 185th Avenue, Cornelius Pass Road, Tualatin Valley Highway, 175th Avenue and Roy Rogers Road.
Story2Partnering with YOU

The key partners in all our projects are those who live, work and play in Washington County. We rely on the public to provide us with suggestions and feedback on all of the projects we implement and the services we provide. Looking ahead:
  • Public input will play a key role in the Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) 3e funding cycle. MSTIP is Washington County's primary funding source for improvements on major roads countywide. The public will be asked to provide input on potential road improvement projects for MSTIP 3e, which will allocate $175 million for construction in fiscal year 2019-20 through fiscal year 2023-24. Open houses, both in person and online, will be held this spring.
  • Community members submitted 375 comments to the Urban Road Maintenance District Advisory Committee (URMDAC). The committee considered comments related to its Safety Improvement Projects selection process before recommending seven projects for inclusion in the fiscal year 2016-17 Road Maintenance Program. After review by County staff, the program will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for approval in June.
  • Results of the Washington County Transportation Futures Study will help community members, businesses and elected officials set transportation priorities that address communities' future mobility, connectivity, safety, efficiency, health, equity, and other needs. Public input is critical. Your input will help us find areas of agreement and set transportation priorities for further evaluation and refinement. Visit to join our mailing list for the latest news and updates.   
Story3Highlights from Fiscal Year 2014-15

LUT had more than 300 employees and an annual budget of more than $234 million in fiscal year 2014-15. We are a progressive, responsive, and dynamic organization and we recognize our responsibility to all who live and do business in Washington County. The community relies on us to provide a safe, quality road system, to regulate land use in an environmentally safe, proactive manner, and to oversee residential, industrial, and commercial development. In FY 2014-15 we:

Continued coordinating the department's activities related to the Nike World Headquarters campus expansion and road improvements related to the Intel Ronler Acres expansion.

Formalized the Transportation System Plan in two ordinances. Ordinance 768 outlined the goals, objectives, and strategies for the County's transportation system and provided a policy framework for Ordinance 783. This ordinance adopted maps identifying specific recommendations for the transportation system, including transit, bicycles, pedestrians and freight. Functional classifications and the number of lanes on County roads were also designated.
Continued to limit spending and streamline workflows, while addressing deferred roadwork projects as much as possible in light of uncertain state and federal funding.

Implemented Safe Routes to School  (SRTS) plans at two elementary schools in the Beaverton and Tigard-Tualatin school districts. The program also encourages schools to create their own SRTS programs by helping them to apply to for funding.
Launched major road construction projects, such as the widening of Baseline Road between 231st and Brookwood avenues and between 197th Avenue and Willow Creek Drive.

Received renewal of our Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Fish Passage Programmatic Agreement based on the County's continuing compliance with ODFW's fish passage requirements. The new fish passage culverts include a built streambed that mimics natural conditions. Only one other agency in the state has obtained a similar permit.
Won three awards for our 2014 Bethany Boulevard project: Project of the Year from the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association; second place for Asphalt Pavement Construction on an Urban Arterial from the Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon, and honorable mention for Project of the Year from WTS. The project was also a finalist for Project of the Year from the Daily Journal of Commerce.
Story4More 2014-15 Highlights

Road Construction Project Update 
Construction dates are approximate and subject to change 
Beginning in 2016:
  • David Hill Road extension w/ roundabout at OR 47 and OR 47/Verboort Roundabout construction start Jan/Feb 2016: Complete Dec. 2017
  • Walnut Street (116th to Tiedeman and 135th Ave intersection) construction start Jan/Feb 2016: Complete June 2017
For more details on Washington County road projects, visit and click on "Construction Projects" or call 846-7800.
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