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Ramp closures coming to Glencoe Road


Glencoe Road will remain open in the coming weeks as the project to build a new bridge over U.S. 26 continues, according to officials at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The closures are part of the project to build a new four-lane Glencoe Road bridge over the Sunset Highway and make other improvements. Here is the schedule of ramp closures:

From now until 10 p.m. Sunday, March 24, the U.S. 26/Glencoe Road westbound on-ramp and U.S. 26/Glencoe Road eastbound off-ramp will be closed. A signed detour will be in place directing traffic to the Jackson School Road interchange.

From 10 p.m. Sunday, March 24 to 5 a.m. Friday, March 29, the U.S. 26/Glencoe Road eastbound on-ramp and U.S. 26/Glencoe Road westbound off-ramp will be closed. A signed detour will be in place directing traffic to the Dersham Road interchange.

Glencoe Road across the Sunset Highway will remain open at all times during the ramp closures, although there may be intermittent flagging with short delays.

Work will be completed in summer 2014.

Commissioners OK fairgrounds position

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a plan to hire a full-time fairgrounds manager at its March 12 meeting.

The fairgrounds manager will replace the current fair complex executive director, said Philip Bransford, communications officer for Washington County. The position will pay between $6,524 and $7,927 per month.

Leah Perkins-Hegel is currently serving as interim fair manager. The new manager will be responsible for organizing and directing activities and events at the Washington County Fair Complex, including the annual summertime fair.

Since 2010, Bransford said, county administrators have worked to forge a new relationship between themselves, the board of commissioners and the fair board.

“We’ve reinvented ourselves and created a new division of tasks and mission,” he said.

A search for applicants will begin soon.

“It’s a big operation,” Bransford said. “We’re not at a place where we’re actively engaged in recruiting.”

Additional information about the job will appear at agency.governmentjobs.com/cowashingtonor/default.cfm when it’s available.

County receives homeless funds

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that $2.2 million in McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance grant funds have been awarded to Washington County under the new Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act. Washington County and nonprofit organizations will use the funds to provide housing and support services to people experiencing homelessness, according to Annette Evans, county homeless program coordinator.

The federal award will also leverage an additional $2.2 million in cash match and in-kind services that will fund “socially responsible and cost effective solutions” identified in the county’s A Road Home: 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness project, Evans said. The federal dollars are part of $1.5 billion in competitive grants that the federal housing and urban development department will distribute to local programs nationwide and in U.S. territories.

The federal dollars will fund a variety of programs and services in the county, including the Shelter Plus Care Program serving homeless people with disabling conditions; the Hillsboro Graduated Independent Living Program and the Garrett Lee Smith Safe Haven, administered by Luke-Dorf, Inc.; the HopeSpring Program provided by Lutheran Community Services Northwest; the Transitional Living Program, a transitional housing program for older homeless youth ages 18 to 23 with services provided by Boys and Girls Aid; and more.