Jackson School Road to close through mid-July
As construction crews work to install a roundabout at the intersection of Northeast Jackson School Road and Harewood Street in Hillsboro, the southern segment of Jackson School Road will be closed for more than two months.
The Hillsboro Public Works Department announced Tuesday, May 11, that Jackson School Road will be closed in both directions between Northeast Grant Street and Evergreen Road from Monday, May 17, through Monday, July 19.
Local access will be permitted at all times to and from homes along Northeast Jackson School Road.
A detour will be set up along Harewood Street, Northwest Glencoe Road and Grant Street.
Northwest Jackson School Road, a non-contiguous segment of the road that extends north from Evergreen Road into the Helvetia area, will not be affected by the closure.
According to the Hillsboro Public Works Department, the work hours for the construction project are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The roundabout at Harewood Street is part of a two-year project that Hillsboro city officials say will improve safety along a north-south road that today sees much more traffic than it did when it was first constructed.
Some residents have complained about the scope of the project, which will also Jackson School Road with a center turn lane and adds sidewalks and raised bicycle lanes.
Members of the Hillsboro City Council say the safety improvements are needed, with traffic expected to increase still further over the next two decades.
The Hillsboro Public Works Department said this week that Jackson School Road averages about 8,000 vehicle trips per day, a number set to increase to about 10,000 by the early 2040s.
Jackson School Road was previously closed for about a month in summer 2020 for the replacement of a culvert near Hamby Park.
Another extended closure is expected before the two-year project is completed in fall 2022. Officials say it is on track to be finished on schedule.
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