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Board OKs road projects around Nike

Total cost $45.3 million; Nike will pay $10.1 million based on HQ expansion.

Four road construction projects around Nike headquarters in Beaverton will get underway as a result of action Tuesday by Washington County commissioners.

The total cost is $45.3 million, $10.1 million of which Nike will pay from transportation development taxes. Nike’s payment is based on the square footage of its headquarters expansion, which is used to calculate the tax.

The specific road projects, which include sidewalks and buffered bicycle lanes:

• 158th Avenue, from Walker Road to MAX line south of Jenkins Road: Widen to five lanes, construct a portion of the Westside Trail. Construction is expected to begin this spring, with completion expected by the end of 2016. This road now carries a daily average of 23,000 vehicles.

• Jenkins Road, 158th Avenue to Murray Boulevard: Widen to five lanes. Construction is expected to begin in 2017, with completion expected in 2018. This road now carries a daily average of 24,000 vehicles.

• Walker Road, west of 158th Avenue to Butner Road: Widen to five lanes. Construction is expected to begin in 2018, with completion expected in 2019.

• Walker Road/Murray Boulevard intersection: Additional turn lanes, plus two replacement bridges over Cedar Mill Creek. Construction is expected to begin in 2019, with completion expected in 2020.

The rest of the money will come from the county’s Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program.

In addition to its share of taxes, Nike will contribute about two acres in right of way or easements, part of which will be for construction of a segment of the Westside Regional Trail along 158th Avenue. This segment will connect the Howard M. Terpenning Center operated by the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Nike headquarters, the MAX station at Merlo/158th Avenue, and the Tualatin Hills Nature Park.

The regional trail eventually will be 22 miles long.

“The agreement represents a public-private partnership that has significant benefits to those who live and travel in Washington County,” Chairman Andy Duyck said in a statement after board action.