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Two projects intended to improve pedestrian access and safety on Augusta Lane are in the works.

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION: WASHINGTON COUNTY - A preliminary cross-section shows what a bridge on Southwest Augusta Lane across Beaverton Creek could look like. Construction is planned for later this year.Southwest Augusta Lane in Aloha is a small neighborhood road — really, a series of roads, with its two major segments divided by Beaverton Creek.

East of the creek, Augusta Lane fronts Beaver Acres Elementary School. On the other side of Southwest 170th Avenue, the Beaverton School District has its offices and maintenance shop.

But in order to get from the western part of Augusta Lane to the elementary school or district offices, it's more than a mile around, taking either the 170th Avenue bridge or the Southwest 185th Avenue bridge over Beaverton Creek. For much of the way, there aren't even sidewalks for pedestrians to use.

Washington County plans to change that, constructing a pedestrian bridge on Augusta Lane that will link the two segments of the road, spanning Beaverton Creek, as well as putting in a new sidewalk along Augusta Lane east of the creek.

"The Augusta Lane projects provide a safe walking route to Beaver Acres Elementary School for students who live on the west side of Beaverton Creek and creates access to Tualatin Hills Nature Park and Pheasant Park," explained Melissa De Lyser, spokesperson for the Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation.

The county is now accepting public comment on the pedestrian projects through an online open house.

Visit the open house and project website.

The comment period closes April 26.

Washington County officials hope to complete the $1.5 million pedestrian bridge by the end of the year. The bridge will be constructed from steel. It will be about 350 feet long and 10 feet wide.

Once complete, the bridge will be part of the Beaverton Creek regional trail system.

The sidewalk project is considerably less expensive, with a projected budget of $101,000. It would build a sidewalk along the south side of Augusta Lane east of Beaverton Creek, in between Southwest Pheasant Lane and Chatelain Drive.

The sidewalk would be paid for by the Urban Road Maintenance District, a service district that deals with road repairs and improvements on neighborhood streets in unincorporated urban areas of Washington County, including Aloha.

The pedestrian bridge project is part of the Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program, which pays for larger capital projects and upgrades to regionally significant roads throughout Washington County.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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