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County transportation projects discussed at open house

Washington County drew a crowd of about 85 people at its open house on Dec. 14, during which they invited the public to learn more about three upcoming transportation projects in the area: the Southwest 124th Avenue project, the Boones Ferry Road Improvement project and planning for the future of the Basalt Creek Area.

'This is the most important thing in Tualatin's future, from an infrastructure standpoint,' said Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden about traffic improvement at the event. 'The No. 1 issue is always traffic. Number two through nine is? I don't know. Really there's only one issue in Tualatin.'

The projects include:

  • The 124th Avenue project is slated to begin during the summer of 2013 and will extend the road from Tualatin-Sherwood Road to Tonquin Road. The county has a few different alignments in mind, with hopes to minimize cost and maximize utility. The project may also include the realignment of the curved portion of Tonquin Road to improve safety near the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Center.

    The project will serve future industrial lands located within unincorporated county land between the cities of Tualatin and Sherwood.

    For more information, visit 124thproject.com.

  • The Boones Ferry Road Improvement project will begin in late 2012 to improve the road's safety and capacity by adding car and bike lanes, a sidewalk and curve realignment. Construction will take place between Southwest Day Street and Southwest Norwood Road.For more information, contact Abe Turki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • The Basalt Creek Area transportation refinement project is still in its planning stages, with no funding currently available. The planning process, carried out in part by the cities of Tualatin and Wilsonville, includes discussion of future land use for the area's 775 acres, which reside within the region's urban growth boundary. Discussion surrounding major roadway framework within the area is taking place as well. Plans include constructing an east-west arterial road connecting the 124th Avenue extension to Boones Ferry Road and potentially Interstate 5.

    For more information, visit basaltcreek.com.

    'This is big stuff,' Ogden said. 'The Basalt Creek area is one of the top four or five spots for future industrial jobs in the entire Metro region.'

    Kim Sunderlin, a traffic and transportation employee with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue was one of the many people at the open house who served to answer questions.

    'It's nice to get into the public and see what their questions and concerns are,' Sunderlin said. 'Usually I don't attend these, but I'm glad I did. Being in the fire department, transportation is huge for us.'