Road construction complete, pedestrian open house starting


Basalt Creek   Washington County residents and employers should be celebrating, as road barricades are being removed from two construction projects.  
   The first one is on Farmington Road between Murray Boulevard and Hocken in Beaverton.
   After more than two years, all lanes are now open on Farmington.  
   The roadway was widened to five lanes (two in each direction, plus a turn lane). 
   It also has continuous bike and pedestrian facilities, street lighting, and improvements to some adjacent streets.
   Down towards Tualatin and Wilsonville, a new roadway has come online. 
   Basalt Creek Parkway is a new 0.7-mile road between Grahams Ferry and Tonquin roads.

   This is part of the SW 124th Avenue Extension project, which will connect the cities of Sherwood, Tualatin, and Wilsonville.
   The new roadway will be used to detour traffic as a portion of Tonquin Road is closed for road improvements and for water pipe installation for the Willamette Water Supply Program (WWSP) 
   "This project represents a great partnership between Washington County, WWSP and the cities of Sherwood, Tualatin, and Wilsonville," said Andrew Singelakis, director of Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation. "The coordination of roadwork and the WWSP water transmission line is minimizing traffic impacts and saving money by reducing construction and project management costs."
   The 124th Avenue Extension project is expected to be complete in late 2018.
   For more information, visit the county's website.
  Also, up towards Aloha and Beaverton, Washington County is looking for input on pedestrian crossings.
   If you walk along SW Walker, Baseline, 170th, and/or 185th avenues, visit the online open house to weigh in on pedestrian crossings.