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Washington County projects' groundbreaking set for Sept. 16

Mayors, commission chair to speak at kickoff for road, water system work

Community leaders and staff will gather at the south side of Tualatin-Sherwood Road and Southwest 124th Avenue at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, to celebrate the groundbreaking of upcoming roadway and pipeline projects.

Speakers at the event will include Andrew Singelakis, director, Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation Director Andrew Singelakis; Washington County Board of Commissioners Chairman Andy Duyck; Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden; Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark; Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp; Hillsboro Utilities Commission Chairman John Godsey; Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Mike Duyck; and Tualatin Valley Water District board President Marilyn McWilliams.

The event highlights the partnership between the Willamette Water Supply Program (WWSP) and Washington County, along with the cities of Sherwood, Tualatin, Wilsonville and Hillsboro. By combining the two major projects through interagency collaboration, traffic and “construction impacts will be minimized, and both agencies will save money by reducing construction and project management costs,” said Communications Coordinator Melissa De Lyser.

Construction for both the road and pipeline projects is scheduled to begin later this year and be completed in 2018. The WWSP will fund the pipeline construction and a proportionate share of other project costs. Washington County’s Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) will fund road construction work.

The county’s $30 million road project will construct a new two-lane arterial between Tualatin-Sherwood and Grahams Ferry roads. Safety improvements will also be made to sections of Tonquin and Grahams Ferry roads, totaling 4.4 miles of new and/or improved roadway. The roadway extension is designed to provide another route connecting Tualatin and Wilsonville, along with access to land designated for future industrial and employment development in the cities of Tualatin, Sherwood, and Wilsonville, including the Basalt Creek area.

For more information about the 124th Avenue Extension Project, visit 124thproject.com or call 503-846-7800.

In addition, the first section of the more than 30-mile-long Willamette Water Supply system will be installed in the new road right-of-way. This is the first section of the earthquake-resilient water transmission pipeline to be built as part of the WWSP, a partnership between Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the city of Hillsboro to develop an additional source of drinking water from the mid-Willamette River in Wilsonville.

For more information about the Willamette Water Supply Program, visit

OurReliableWater.org or call 503-848-3000.