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Feb. 26 open house highlights Farmington Road Project

Project would run between Murray Boulevard and Hocken Avenue in Beaverton

Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Traffic speeds along Southwest Farmington Road just east of Murray Road past the stump of a tree recently removed in preparation for the Farmington Road improvement project.

With $21.4 million in improvements planned for Farmington Road between Murray Boulevard and Hocken Avenue, people are going to want to know where all that money’s going.

They’ll get their chance to find out during an open house scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 S.W. Fifth St. across from the Beaverton Public Library.

At the meeting, sponsored by Washington County and the city of Beaverton, staff members from the county, city and the roadway design engineer (Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc.) will be on hand to answer questions about the planned improvements, which are expected to begin this spring.

Those improvements include:

— Widening the roadway along Farmington from Murray to Hocken to five lanes (including two travel lanes and a continuous center turn lane). Nixed from the original 2004 design plan was a push to resurface the Murray/Farmington intersection with concrete instead of asphalt.

— Continuous bicycle and pedestrian lanes.

— Street lighting and utility upgrades (including waterline improvements funded by Beaverton and sanitary sewer improvements funded by the city and Clean Water Services).

— The realignment of 141st and 142nd avenues.

Stephen Roberts, special projects coordinator for the Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation, said 141st Avenue south of Farmington Road will be realigned so it intersects directly across from 142nd Avenue on the north side of Farmington (where a future traffic signal will be installed).

“This is primarily a safety improvement. ... The existing, relatively close offset between the two streets is not ideal from a safety standpoint, and the new traffic signal will make left turns in all directions at this intersection much safer,” he said.

Although the Farmington Road project is entirely inside the city of Beaverton, the county is participating because the project’s primary source of funding is the Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program, which is funded countywide through property taxes specifically earmarked for road improvements.

Roberts said two homes — one at 4735 141st Avenue, the other at 14200 S.W. Farmington Road — will be demolished for the project along with a commercial building that previously housed Therapeutic Associate's Beaverton Physical Therapy at 13470 S.W. Farmington Road. That business moved to downtown Beaverton.Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - This house across from Southwest 142nd Ave. is being boarded up in preparation for removal as part of the Farmington Road improvement project.

An additional house at 13390 S.W. Farmington Road will be demolished at the request of its owner while an existing house at 13420 S.W. Farmington will be lifted and moved to the back of the homeowner’s property, said Roberts.

The entire widening project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2016. Vegetation removal has already begun this month.

For more information, visit farmingtonroadproject.com, or contact Kim Haughn, a county public information officer at 503-846-7822 or by email at lutproj@co.washington.or.us.

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