Work on the $5.5 million safety project for the popular connection between Washington County and Northwest Portland will continue next year

PMG FILE PHOTO - Cornelius Pass Road is a popular but risky shortcut.A popular shortcut between Washington County and Northwest Portland reopened Friday evening after a months-long improvement project.

Construction workers pulled the signs off the road and opened it to traffic around 5 p.m.

The Multnomah County portion of the roadway was closed since late July for construction between Highway 30 and Old Cornelius Pass Road.

Cornelius Pass Road has a history of crashes due to tight curves but the $5.5 million project focused on straightening some of the curves to improve sight distances for drivers. The project also added more guard rails.

Mike Pullen with Multnomah County said a teenager from Scappoose who died on the road was the final straw to get the project funded.

While the road was reopened Friday, safety improvements will continue next year.

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