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Photo Credit: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: DOUG BURKHARDT - Work has started on Hillsboros Cornelius Pass Road, which is about to be expanded again. Crews have been removing trees from alongside the busy road, shown here last week near Ronler Drive. Much of the expansion will be to the east of roadway, shifting over on to what was once the right of way of Burlington Northern Railroad before the tracks were abandoned in 1994. The $21 million project will widen Cornelius Pass Road between Cornell Road and Highway 26 -- approximately 1.2 miles -- to three lanes in each direction; add a center median and dedicated turn lanes at intersections; build bike and pedestrian lanes on both sides of the road; and upgrade the eastbound entrance ramp on Highway 26. The widening project is scheduled to be completed in September 2016. Current traffic estimates show there are 40,000 vehicles per day on the segment of Cornelius Pass Road that will be widened.


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