Golden Road to boast sidewalks, bike lanes
Bikers and pedestrians rejoice, a frequented Hillsboro road with minimal shoulder space will soon boast bike lanes and sidewalks, among other improved elements.
Construction is expected to begin next month on Golden Road, a residential street connecting Brookwood Parkway with Imlay Avenue.
The road currently provides one lane of traffic in each direction with minimal shoulders, and ditches and culverts providing drainage along the roadway.
"It is a full street reconstruct, so all new pavement, new streetlights, new landscaping," said project manager Doug Gresham. "When it gets finished it will look really similar to what Cedar Street looks like today. Same width, same planter strips, similar landscaping."
The work is part of the city's 2010 Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Improvement Program, which makes safety improvements to roads across the city.
Since 2010, city planners have been evaluating routes that are missing sidewalks and bike lanes — prioritizing routes serving school communities, said transportation manager Tina Bailey. They also looked at routes that serve public transportation users.
"This is really correcting deficiencies from the past," Bailey said. "Up until 1990 we really didn't require pedestrian improvements or sidewalk improvements or bicycle improvements, it really was car-focused."
Bailey said roughly one-third of Hillsboro roads are missing sidewalks and bike lanes.
"A lot of this work we are doing is going back and addressing old neighborhoods and trying to provide those connections," she said. All new Hillsboro development is being built with sidewalks and bike lanes, Bailey said. It's about bringing up the old to match the new.
"This helps us tie those pieces that are happening in kind of opposite ends of the city together so that people have a full connection, specifically with the bike connection where you can use that (to) get across town," she said.
Construction is expected to wrap up in November.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
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