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Work aims to ease traffic and reduce stormwater runoff

Work is under way on a project to extend Southwest Dawson Way to connect with Southwest Hocken Avenue near Cedar Hills Boulevard at Cedar Hills Crossing mall.

The approximately $238,119 project is designed to improve connectivity for multiple modes of traffic between the two streets.

The extension of Dawson Way about 200 feet to the west will include two 12-foot travel lanes, a 14-foot center turn lane, and a curb and sidewalk on the south side. It also includes the extension of a 12-inch waterline, along with storm drainage pipes and street lighting.

The new roadway and curbs, including work related to concrete sidewalks and driveways, are expected to be complete by the end of May, according to city officials. Street paving is scheduled to conclude by Friday, June 1. Street lighting, landscaping and other finishing touches will likely be in place by the end of June.

The project will also convert the south side of the Dawson Way cul-de-sac into a 1,360-square-foot rain garden. The rain garden - a small vegetated area adjacent to the street curb - will serve as a storm water filtration system. In an effort to improve water quality in nearby Beaverton Creek, rainwater runoff will filter through the garden before flowing into a pipe that channels the water to the stream.

The project is part of Beaverton's Community Vision Action Plan designed to establish sidewalks and bikeways as part of a bike and pedestrian network aimed at increasing road system capacity, improving traffic flow and creating a green streetscape.

'Transportation projects, whether they're resurfacing a road, repairing potholes or extending streets, are a part of the city's crucial services,' said Mayor Dennis Doyle. 'Beaverton is known for paying attention to these types of projects, and we will continue to maintain and improve the city's infrastructure.'

The primary contractor for the project, which should wrap up by this summer, is D and T Excavating of Wilsonville.

For more information on the city's Capital Improvement Projects, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CIP .

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