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Paving of expanded Bethany Boulevard to create delays

Drivers advised to find alternate routes during afternoon, early evening hours


A contractor with the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation is working on final paving work this week on Bethany Boulevard between Bronson Road and West Union Road from Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 16, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Paving work south of Bronson Road to Cornell Road will begin the following week, starting Monday, May 19, through Friday, May 23, between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning. Travelers are encouraged to use alternate routes or expect potentially long delays.

Paving work is weather dependent and will be postponed if the weather changes from this week's dry forecast. During the work, one lane in each direction will generally remain open, but additional lane restrictions may be necessary at certain times. Traffic signals along Bethany Boulevard will also be shut down during paving work.

Funded through the County’s Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program, the project widens the congested thoroughfare to two lanes in each direction with an intermittent turn lane. All intersections were realigned to improve sight distances, with continuous sidewalks and bike lanes added to both sides of the roadway.

The project also includes street lighting and utility upgrades, including installation of a new Tualatin Valley Water District waterline.

The four-lane Highway 26 overpass at Bethany Boulevard was expanded to six lanes, including bike lanes, a sidewalk on the east side, and a multi-use path on the west side. The project also includes improvements to highway on- and off-ramps.

For more information, visit the project website at www.co.washington.or.us/LUT/TransportationProjects/bethany-blvd-bronson-to-west-union.cfm or contact Project Manager Matt Costigan at 503-846-7800 or email matthew_costigan@co.washington.or.us.

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