TV Highway 1 of 3 2020 bond projects in Washington County
Washington County seeks public comment about road and transit improvements along Tualatin Valley Highway, one of two key east-west routes and a corridor that the Metro regional government has designated as a priority for a potential 2020 transportation bond.
The county received $500,000 from Metro to develop a unified vision for the corridor — which stretches 19 miles from Beaverton through the unincorporated area to Hillsboro, Cornelius and Forest Grove — estimate costs and set priorities for projects, and how they can be built. The corridor is one of about a dozen in the urban areas of Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties being considered for funding.
In addition to the county and four cities, other participating agencies are TriMet and the Oregon Department of Transportation, which maintains the highway now.
"We see our role as bringing partners together in building this corridor vision," said Erin Wardell, principal planner for the county.
Wardell said the study is not intended to rehash previous lists of projects.
"TV Highway emerged early on as a corridor with a lot of needs that have already been identified," she said. "But while there is a lot of acknowledged needs and studies have been done over the past 20 or so years along the corridor, there was not a combined corridor vision. They had not been stitched together."
According to a presentation she gave at a Beaverton City Council meeting, Wardell said public transit time on the corridor is more than twice as long as an auto trip, even though TriMet has designated Route 57 for 24-hour service. Wardell said transit riders on Tualatin Valley Highway face 770 hours of delay every day.
The highway now handles between 35,000 and 40,000 vehicles daily. Nearly a third of the bicycle lanes are missing or substandard, so regular use is discouraged.
Wardell said the goal is to develop a project list and construction phases early in 2020.
Tualatin Valley Highway is one of three high-priority corridors that Metro has designated in Washington County. The others are 185th Avenue, which runs north-south, and Burnside Street-Barnes Road, which links downtown Portland with Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Sunset Transit Center.
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