The speed limit along Northeast Jackson School Road has been reduced to ahead of improvement project construction.

The speed limit along Northeast Jackson School Road in Hillsboro will be temporarily reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph, starting on Feb. 20, as construction on a project to widen the roadway begins.

The Hillsboro City Council approved the reduction during its meeting on Jan. 21.

The speed limit reduction will be between Northeast Fifth Avenue and Northwest Evergreen Parkway. It will last until the road construction project is completed. The city anticipates the project will conclude in winter 2022.

Drivers will be alerted to the change in speed limit prior to entering the construction zone by temporary traffic variable signs, a statement from the city said.

The city encouraged drivers on the roadway to follow instructions from flaggers, be extra cautious in active work areas, obey all speed limit and construction signs, increase following distance between other cars and use alternate routes when possible — including Northwest Glencoe Road, Northeast 25th Avenue or Northeast Brookwood Parkway.

The project will include adding sidewalks, cycle tracks, a continuous center turn lane, and signage and sight distance improvements. It will also include underground utilities, storm drainage upgrades, and the addition of lighting and landscaped planter strips with street trees.

Residents along the roadway have complained that the project will irreparably damage their properties. For years, the city has been in the process of acquiring land and easements from property owners so it could cut down about 300 trees in preparation for the project. Work to cut down the trees began last October.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the expected completion date of the Jackson School Road project. The story now reflects the accurate date.

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