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Sherwood's first double-lane roundabout offers shortcut through town

Some neighbors fear increased traffic when road opens Nov. 18

The first major arterial road built in Sherwood in at least a decade, and the city's first double-lane roundabout were dedicated Tuesday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Langer Farms Parkway (formerly known as Southwest Adams Avenue) attracted local and county officials to the thoroughfare that will connect Oregon Street to Tualatin-Sherwood Road, creating a major shortcut for many drivers.

The street will officially open to the public on Nov. 18.

Tom Pessemier, city manager pro-tem, said that the project had been on the books for more than 30 years and that it was one of the first projects he worked on when he joined the city seven years ago.

'City sStaff worked to make this project possible,' said Mayor Keith Mays, who praised both Pessemier and city employee Jason Waters, who helped spearhead the project.

Mays said the roadway would reduce the number of vehicles on Highway 99W and Tualatin-Sherwood Road.

In addition to one lane in each direction, the street has a continuous turn lane.

The double-lane, landscaped roundabout is located at Century Drive, circulating traffic so it either continues onto Langer Farms Parkway or shoots off to Century Drive.

The west side of the street has an 8-foot-wide sidewalk, while the east side contains a 12-foot-wide multiuse sidewalk (essentially a double sidewalk) designed to accommodate bicyclists.

'Dreading this all summer'

Despite Tuesday's celebration, some neighbors say they are less than thrilled about the new street, fearing that increased traffic will negatively impact their once-quiet neighborhood.

Megan Yeldell, a Whetstone Place resident who lives only a few hundred yards from where her street meets Langer Farms Parkway, said she's worried about motorists who will now use her street as a shortcut.

'God, I've been dreading this all summer,' said Yeldell, who was walking her dog as officials prepared for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 'There are a ton of kids (on this street).'

Another side street, which currently doesn't have a name, will connect Langer Farms Parkway to St. Francis Catholic School.

Meanwhile, Matt Langer, whose family owns the property across the street from Langer Farms Plaza, said construction of a new shopping complex off of the new street and just northeast of the roundabout is expected over the next 18 months.

He said the complex, which will be developed by Gramor Development, is still looking for anchor stores to build on the 22-acre site.

Langer, who is also a member of the Sherwood City Council, said an announcement on the stores planning to locate in the new project probably will occur in the next six months.

Langer said his family also hopes to soon develop about four acres on the north side of Tualatin-Sherwood Road between Les Schwab Tires and Sentinel Self Storage.