Public can view plans for auxiliary lanes project that will start in 2021; it is part of state transportation package passed by 2-17 Legislature

An open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, for the public to look at plans for the Highway 217 auxiliary lanes project.

The open house by the Oregon Department of Transportation is in Meeting Room A of the Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. 5th St.

The project will improve safety and help prevent bottlenecks on a 4-mile stretch of OR 217 between Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Oregon 99W.

Adding new auxiliary lanes — connecting an on-ramp to the next off-ramp — reduces merging slowdowns, reduces crashes and gives drivers more time to make lane changes.

Included in the project are a new frontage road, replacement of a major bridge and new bicycle and pedestrian improvements. ODOT expects construction to begin in 2021.

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