Tualatin road projects moving forward
The City of Tualatin is moving ahead with the traffic bond projects it promised voters following a successful $20 million bond passed by voters last May.
During a work session on Feb. 25, Jeff Fuchs, Tualatin public works director, and Tanya Williams, assistant to the city manager, updated the Tualatin City Council on status of the road projects.
Fuchs told the council the city continues to move forward with various projects designed to relieve congestion, improve neighborhood safety and provide safe access for students walking to school.
Fuchs said the 115th Avenue project, which restriped the road and added buffered bike lanes to the roadway, is completed, as is the Sagert Street project, which includes pedestrian-activated flashing beacons.
Williams told the council that the city has been involving the community with the road projects along the way and soon will celebrate the Siletz Drive at Boones Ferry Road project completion — which includes a reconstructed intersection as well as extension of curbs and sidewalks — with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Meanwhile, the city has hired Murraysmith, a traffic engineering firm, as a project manager for the bond program.
In addition, the city also has hired Wallace Engineering to oversee design of the Garden Corner Curves project. That project includes $3.5 million in improvements to what's known as the Garden Corner "S" Curves that begin at 105th Avenue, continue up along Blake Street and turn into 108th Avenue. The roadway has no shoulders but a steady stream of pedestrian traffic.
Fuchs said the city is in the process of asking neighbors in the area which trees they would like to see remain as the project continues.
Mayor Frank Bubenik said the city is waiting for permitting from the U.S. Army corps of Engineers and Cleanwater Services to move forward with the Garden Curves Project.
Also moving forward is filling in the intermittent sidewalks along Highway 99W with new sidewalks at the signalized crossing at 124th Avenue in the Pony Ridge neighborhood.
Another continuing bond project is located on Boones Ferry Road at Alabama Street where a crosswalk and pedestrian-activated signal will be added along with new sidewalks along Boones Ferry.
At the same time, Fuchs said the Martinazzi Avenue at Sagert Street improvements are underway, a challenging project that should be completed by late 2021.
Both Fuchs and City Manager Sherilyn Lombos said suggestions to place a roundabout at the site were nixed because a roundabout would fill up quickly and cause congestion further down the roadway. Fuchs said engineers determined a traffic signal (the city owns the light but ODOT maintains it) would work better at that location.
In addition, Lombos said more property would have been needed to build a roundabout at that site.
So far, $9.8 million of projects have been completed as part of the traffic safety bond.
"What's remaining is about $8.7 million," said Fuchs, noting that there has been a total wish list of $43 million mentioned as potential projects.
Councilor Nancy Grimes asked why the Martinazzi and Sagert project was so expensive at a projected cost of $2.4 million.
Fuchs said he expects the price tag will likely go down for the area that includes adding a traffic signal, making all four street corners ADA compliment and working with TriMet to move the bus stop there. Fuchs said construction would begin in the spring or early fall.
The Tualatin-Sherwood Road project is progressing as well, an endeavor that will add another lane along Tualatin-Sherwood Road by removing a center median between Martinazzi Avenue and the I-5 interchange eastbound.
"It's a longer project," Fuchs told the council. "We're starting it now. It's no less than a three-year project."