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A project to revamp Jackson School Road thoroughfare will begin in 2019, including bike and pedestrian paths

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF HILLSBORO - A typical section of Jackson School Road will include two bike/pedestrian paths, two travel lanes and a center turn lane.A major people-mover between northern Hillsboro and the city's center could soon be getting a facelift.

City engineers are currently working on a redesign of Northeast Jackson School Road. The road is little more than a two-lane road between Northeast Grant Street and Northwest Evergreen Road, but it's a vital link to three elementary schools, Jackson, Lincoln Street and Mooberry, and provides transit service to the neighborhood.

Large portions of the corridor lack sidewalks and street lights, despite close proximity to schools and parks. The city project would include sidewalks, improved lighting and a center turn lane, but the project doesn't include the addition of new lanes.

The upgrades are expected to cost $13 million, said city spokesman Patrick Preston.

Plans for the road include sidewalks and bike paths, separated from the road by a five-foot planter or other barrier.

Jackson School Road was identified as a future priority project in the 1970s, Preston said. The city requested the project from the county in 2015, hoping to slow the project and allow for more input from residents, he added.

"The city is in position to help take it to the finish line," Preston said.

The open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Jackson Elementary School, 675 N.E. Estate Dr., Hillsboro. Construction is set to begin in spring of 2019, wrapping up in 2021.

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