The Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association recently selected Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation’s recent Cornelius Pass/Johnson School Road project as its 2013 Transportation Project of the Year.

The award recognizes quality, innovation and cooperation among the managing agency, its partners, consultants and construction contractors.

Evaluation criteria included public outreach efforts, sustainable practices, environmental design considerations, community needs and overall safety factors.

The project improved the last remaining two-lane section of Cornelius Pass Road, between Aloclek and Wilkins, to five lanes with bike lanes and sidewalks.

The project also required the replacement of the bridge over Rock Creek with a wider, longer structure. As part of the project, the original 85-foot concrete girder bridge beams from the bridge on Cornelius Pass Road were salvaged and used to replace the bridge on Johnson School Road over Davis Creek.

This recycling effort was not only sustainable, but it resulted in an overall cost savings.

The Cornelius Pass Road and Johnson School Road improvements were bid as one combined construction project due to the needed coordination for salvaging, transferring and placing the recycled bridge beams.

The project was funded by the county’s Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program, county and city of Hillsboro Traffic Impact Fees and the county’s road capital program.

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