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Residents split on location of flashing beacon crosswalk planned for 65th Avenue at Meridian Park Medical Center.

COURTESY GRAPHIC: CITY OF TUALATIN - The city is looking at two possible locations for a new crosswalk along Southwest 65th Avenue in front of Meridian Park Medical Center.A survey of more than 60 Tualatin residents asking for their opinion involving a crosswalk that would cross Southwest 65th Avenue from Legacy Meridian Park Medical over into the Rolling Hills Apartments area or into the Meridian Village Apartments areas shows they are about evenly split.

Plans are to construct a new mid-block crosswalk with activated flashing beacons that would allow pedestrians to cross from the west side of 65th Avenue to the hospital side.

"The new crosswalk will provide a safe place to cross the street in between the signalized intersections and be located to coordinate with the TriMet bus stops," Tualatin officials stated in an announcement.

Megan George, deputy city manager, said that the "project team is still coordinating with Washington County, TriMet and first responders and expects to make a decision in the next month or so" about the crosswalk's location.

Plans are to begin construction in the summer of 2022.

Tualatin is also moving forward with a project that would involve the reconstruction of Southwest Herman Road from Tualatin Road to Teton Avenue.

Plans, which are in preliminary design, call for providing pedestrian and bicycle improvements. There is also a need for roadway improvement, stormwater features and water quality treatment facilities.

In addition, a traffic analysis calls for adding a center turn lane at the industrial park access.

The project, which was recently featured an online open house, would not be funded through Tualatin Moving Forward — that is, money from May 2018, when voters approved a $20 million bond measure to support high priority transportation projects.

"Construction funding has not been identified yet, but we are looking at a few potential sources," said George. "We anticipate the total project (design and construction) will be about $5 million."

George said the preliminary design is funded with city and Metro funds.

While there is no current timeframe for construction of that project, if funding is found, it could begin in 2022.


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