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Plans are to extend Basalt Creek Parkway by one-half mile with construction planned for 2021

COURTESY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF LAND USE & TRANSPORTATION - Heres what the county is looking at starting in the winter of 2021 with construction completed by 2023.Plans are moving forward to build an extension to Basalt Creek Parkway, a $31-million roadway that will run from where the current road ends at Graham's Ferry Road to Boone's Ferry Road.

On Tuesday evening, the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation held an open house at Tualatin's Ibach Park to discuss plans to build the half-mile road, scheduled for completion in 2023.

The open house was designed to allow residents to meet with designers and give input into three possible alignments for the Basalt Creek Parkway extension. All three alignments include building a bridge that would span anywhere from 700 to 800 feet across Tapman Creek, according to Renus Kelfkens, a Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation project manager. In addition, all three proposals avoid tearing down the historic Carlon School, he said.

"Our current schedule is to submit (final alignment plans) to the site by the end of October," said Kelfkens, pointing out the majority of the construction project will be federally funded.

The current Basalt Creek Parkway roadway opened in 2017 and is inside the 850-acre area between Tualatin and Wilsonville, which is designated for future development as part of the Basalt Creek Planning Area.

The extension will include the same elements of design as Basalt Creek Parkway, including its designation as a five-lane arterial road that contains bike and pedestrian lanes, street lighting and drainage. When completed, there will be a signalized intersection at the extension and Boone's Ferry Road.

The Basalt Creek Planning Area includes 194 developable acres for the City of Tualatin and 137 acres for Wilsonville. Current plans call for construction of 575 households built on Tualatin portion of the property with Wilsonville having only six households constructed, officials have said.

Design of the Basalt Creek Parkway extension will continue through the fall of 2021 with right-of-way acquisition expected from the summer of 2020 through the fall of 2021. Construction is anticipated to begin in the winter of 2021.

Another open house is planned for this fall.

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