Big changes are ahead for Pacific Highway
This summer's paving project goes from Tigard to Sherwood
Major improvements are coming to Pacific Highway through Tigard and Sherwood that include a major paving project and the addition of a right-turn lane from southbound Pacific Highway onto Beef Bend Road.
In addition, a future project calls for the southbound Pacific Highway left-turn lane into Royal Villas just north of Fischer Road to be closed, and a sidewalk will be added along the east side of Pacific Highway from Fischer Road to the Tigard Towne Square shopping center.
Lili D. Boicourt, community affairs coordinator for the Oregon Department of Transportation's Region 1, shared the news at the Jan. 28 meeting of Citizen Participation Organization 4K (King City).
"We will be paving 99W from the Tualatin River Bridge to Sunset Boulevard in Sherwood," Boicourt said. "The paving project will take place this summer and will including grinding and overlay, and all the work will be done at night. There will be no changes to the lanes."
Melissa Norman, a project coordinator with one of ODOT's construction offices, added, "I believe the grinding and paving will done in the same shift so people won't have to drive over bumpy sections. We will have to wait for the weather to be dry to start."
According to Boicourt, construction will start on the 99W right-turn lane onto Beef Bend Road in March and is due to be completed by Aug. 31.
"There have been a lot of rear-end crashes there when people slow down to turn," she said. "Also, the shared-use path that parallels Pacific Highway north of Beef Bend will remain open during construction."
According to Boicourt, there will be no lane closures for the construction project during the day; any lane closures will take place at night. "And there will be a 24-hour noise complaint hotline to call," she said.
Norman added, "During the construction period for the right-turn lane addition, the traffic lanes might be moved a little to the left. And there will be a pretty high number of dump trucks for a period of time. There needs to be a lot of fill beside the highway to fill in the ditch and create a swale for drainage at the bottom."
The utilities have already been moved, according to Norman.
The other major project is the closure of the southbound Pacific Highway left-turn lane into Royal Villas, which is not due to happen until 2014.
"There have been lots of crashes and lots of T-bone accidents there, so we are closing the opening in the medium," Boicourt said. "We have had conversations with Royal Villas about this. If people coming out of Royal Villas want to travel south, they will have to go up to Durham Road and make a U-turn.
"Also, we are making the northbound 99W left-turn lane onto Fischer Road longer to hold more vehicles. And we are adding a sidewalk along 99W from Fischer Road to the shopping center. The engineers are working on the design right now, and it will be about 1 ½ years before construction starts."