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Cooper Mountain neighbors unite over 175th concerns

Public can learn more about road issues at Oct. 23 meeting


Fran Warren, an Intel retiree who lives on a three-acre lot on Cooper Mountain in Beaverton, didn’t like what she saw when redevelopment plans emerged this summer for North Cooper Mountain and South Cooper Mountain.

Threading through the 2,300-acre Cooper Mountain urbanization plans is a rural road, 175th Avenue that already suffers from overuse.

Warren and about 35 other neighbors decided to get involved, identifying safety problems on the road before plans are solidified and building begins.

“I started working on this two months ago,” said Warren. The group is focusing on the 2.5-acre stretch between Scholls Ferry Road and Rigert Avenue, calling for reasonable preservation of 175th as a functional route for existing residents.

On Monday, the Cooper Mountain 175th Avenue Neighborhood Association held its first public meeting.

More than 30 people attended, almost all residents of the affected area. Many swapped stories of life on 175th:

• The courage and sprinting ability required to fetch mail from boxes across the road.

• A kink in the road at High Hill Lane that slows traffic, sometimes perilously.

• A stop sign just beyond a bump in the road, with skid marks providing proof of sudden, unexpected stops.

Warren presented detailed plans for pubic comment, which were applauded by the group. Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers helped craft the language.

The current problems identified with 175th include:

• It’s a rural arterial being misused to accommodate significant amounts of urban-to-urban through traffic.

• It’s an overtrafficked country road not suited to be an arterial due to steep grade, active landslide, blind spots, curves and private driveways opening directly onto the road.

• The road cannot be feasibly modified to handle the projected 2035 traffic, from a safety or economic standpoint.

The group discussed possible solutions, including lowering the speed limit in some locations; moving mailboxes to the same side of the street as physical addresses; installing rumble strips and signage to warn of sharp curves; and influencing plans to direct future high-density housing access away from the road.

Warren kept side issues in check and the meeting running on time. “If we start mixing messages, we’ll lose the battle,” said Warren.

To learn more about the association, visit save175th.org.

The next open house will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Community Room at 20665 S.W. Blanton St. in Aloha.

Supporters plan to attend the Beaverton Planning Commission Hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of The Beaverton Building, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way.

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