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Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District says it will use the Sexton Mountain Drive right-of-way for the trail.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The Westside Regional Trail runs north-south between Tualatin Hills Nature Park and Tigard.Sexton Mountain Elementary School lies less than a quarter of a mile east of the Westside Regional Trail, but there's no direct connection between the school and the trail. The closest route is along Southwest Rigert Road to the north.

The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District has unveiled plans to add an off-street trail connection between the school and the regional trail. That 0.15-mile trail segment will also effectively form a link between non-contiguous segments of Southwest Sexton Mountain Drive, which is severed by Hart Meadows Park. The Westside Trail runs north-south through the park.

At a virtual community meeting Thursday evening, June 24, project representatives said the little trail is the subject of an extensive community outreach effort.

Construction isn't expected to begin until late 2022, finishing by summer 2023. Later this summer, THPRD expects to share a final trail alignment with the community, according to district spokesperson Liana Harden.

The gravel trail will be 6 feet wide. It could be replaced with a more permanent paved trail if and when Beaverton extends Sexton Mountain Drive to close the Hart Meadows gap.

While arborists have yet to conduct a tree inspection in the area, AKS Engineering and Forestry associate Chuck Gregory said, "The goal is definitely to save as many trees as we can."

He added, "The intent is to try and preserve all of the trees as possible, but again, there might be a tree or two that has to come down for various reasons."

The trail will follow the natural topography, and while it will run at a perpendicular angle to Southwest 155th Avenue in the east and the Westside Trail in the west, it will jog north just east of Sexton Mountain Elementary School to avoid a natural wetland area. Project representatives said they want to minimize any environmental impacts from building the suburban trail segment.


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