Countys Minor Betterment Committee choosing projects

Members of Washington County’s Minor Betterment Committee are asking for public comments that will help them choose the top small-scale road-improvement projects for the county’s construction list in 2014-15.

Committee members have already narrowed down the list from about 200 candidates to 20, said Stephen Roberts, communications coordinator for the county’s Department of Land Use and Transportation. Public comment will help choose the five to 10 winning projects and is due by Sept. 30.

The only candidate west of Hillsboro is a Verboort project that would provide a better roadside path for students who now walk along busy Verboort Road to get from their homes on Porter Road to Visitation School on Visitation Road. The current “shoulder” on that stretch is virtually nonexistent, Roberts said, “maybe one to two feet in some places,” which means the children end up walking in traffic lanes.

“That little section is also a part of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway,” he said.

The project would widen the shoulder on the north side of Verboort Road, or possibly create an asphalt pedestrian path along the other side of a drainage ditch.

Because the commitee only has $500,000 to work with each year, it helps if the project is relatively inexpensive, Roberts said — also if it’s near a school, attracts pedestrians or increases connectivity. The Verboort project scores on all those counts.

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