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One big project is underway on Pacific Highway

Drivers are affected by construction along 99W between Durham Road and Tualatin River


by: BARBARA SHERMAN - MEDIAN IS BEEHIVE OF ACTIVITY - A highway safety construction project is underway in earnest along 99W in the vicinity of Fischer Road where this photo was taken July 17.King City’s 99W frontage is one huge construction project as the Oregon Department of Transportation works on its Fischer Road to Durham Road Safety Project to make that stretch of road safer.

The project includes closing the median opening at Royal Villa Drive, providing U-turns on 99W southbound at Fischer Road, moving a bus stop, adding a new sidewalk, adding new lights at the intersection of 99W and Durham Road, and lengthening the left-turn lanes on 99W northbound for both Fischer and Durham roads.

Beginning July 21, Tigard Towne Square was impacted as its driveway from 99W northbound was closed and expected to reopen July 30, while the right-turn lane from 99W northbound to Durham Road remained open during this time.

The driveway closure was required to build a safe separation for vehicles on 99W northbound turning right into Tigard Towne Square and those turning right onto Durham Road.

ODOT warns that road-users should expect increased congestion and delays in the project area until it is completed at the end of the year.

In addition, residences and businesses adjacent to the project area may experience daytime and nightime construction noise.

People may visit www.tripcheck.com or call 5-1-1 for current traffic conditions and impacts or contact Lili Boicourt, ODOT community affairs, at 503-731-8247.