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New grant may lead to better traffic around Washington Square

Traffic around Washington Square is going to get better.

At least that's the hope after the City of Beaverton — which will work in partnership with the City of Tigard — was recently awarded a $750,000 grant from Metro’s regional flexible funds for Transportation System Management and Operations. The Metro TSMO project will create an adaptive traffic signal system around Washington Square that responds to changing traffic volumes in real time. The signal system will reportedly create safer and more reliable travel conditions for people driving, bicycling, walking and taking mass transit by better coordinating the area’s signal systems and data collection.

“This project will mean less time stuck in traffic,” said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. “We are continuing to work together with our partners to improve traffic and transportation in our area.”

Beaverton will lead creation of this project along with the City of Tigard, Washington County and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The program aims to allow traffic to flow more smoothly and safely without adding new lanes. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.

An adaptive signal system is included in Beaverton’s adopted Transportation System Plan, and improving mobility is one of the goals of the Beaverton Community Vision.

For a complete list of TSMO projects, please visit oregonmetro.gov.

For more information on the project, contact Jabra Khasho, city transportation engineer, at 503-526-2221 or jkhasho@BeavertonOregon.gov.

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