124th Avenue extension, Willamette pipeline dedication set Tuesday
A celebration highlighting the substantial completion of the 124th Avenue extension from Tualatin Sherwood Road to Tonquin Road is set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, near the extension. The event will also highlight installation of the largest section of the Willamette Water Supply Program pipeline, a line that will eventually transmit water 30 miles from an intake on the Willamette River in Wilsonville to Hillsboro.
The event will take place on the south side of Tualatin-Sherwood Road and 124th Avenue with parking planned across the street at the Itel Corporate Center, 12000 S.W. Cimino Street.
Speakers will include Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers, County Chairman Andy Duyck and Tualatin Valley Water District Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Bernice Bagnall.
The project is a partnership between Washington County and Willamette Water Supply Program. Building the road and installing the water pipeline concurrently saved money and reduced construction impacts, officials said.
Although work on the 124th extension is substantially complete, the contractor doesn't expect the road to be open until January 2019. The celebration is being held now to avoid holding a dedication in inclement weather at the time the road officially opens.
The 124th Avenue Extension project was designed to provide another route connecting Tualatin and Wilsonville, allowing access to land designated for future industrial and employment development in the cities of Tualatin, Sherwood, and Wilsonville, including the Basalt Creek area.
Nearly 5 miles of new and/or improved roadway were constructed as part of this $30 million project. This included construction of SW 124th Avenue and Basalt Creek Parkway, new two-lane arterials between Tualatin-Sherwood and Grahams Ferry roads, and safety improvements to Tonquin and Grahams Ferry roads.