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Public input sought for proposed road improvement projects

Residents of Washington County are being asked to comment on the Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) project list currently under funding consideration.

On the list are five road improvement projects in the Hillsboro area: 205th Avenue (Quatama to Baseline), 231st Avenue/Century Boulevard extension (Baseline to Lois), Cornell Road (Brookwood to 48th Avenue), Farmington-River Road intersection, and West Union Road (185th to Cornelius Pass).

Washington County and its partner cities are asking the public to help trim the so-called "MSTIP 3e 150% Project List" by about one-third — or $80 million — by providing input on individual projects.

One of the ways this can be done is via an online open house at MSTIP3e.com, which will remain available through May 31. An interactive map function allows users to click on individual projects to get more information and provide comments.

Additionally, three in-person open houses are scheduled, including one coming up this Monday, May 9 at PCC Willow Creek Center, 241 S.W. Edgeway Dr. in Beaverton.

MSTIP is funded by local property taxes on a five-year cycle.

The MSTIP 3e funding cycle is from fiscal year 2018-19 through fiscal year 2022-23.

A total of $160 million has been earmarked for MSTIP 3e projects. The MSTIP 3e 150% Project List includes proposed projects totaling about $240 million — or about one-and-a-half times the available $160 million funding — with each of the four Washington County commissioner districts receiving approximately equal shares.

Since 1986, more than 130 transportation projects totaling $730 million have been funded through MSTIP. These projects have improved the area's transportation system for all users: cars, transit, freight, cyclists and pedestrians.

Questions and comments can be emailed to lutdir@co.washington.or.us.

For more information on MSTIP and how MSTIP projects are selected, visit mstip.org.

To learn more about transportation funding in Washington County, visit transportationfunding.org.

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