Sherwood area gets a chunk of $37.3 million for county-wide road improvements

At their regular meeting held on July 24, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved critical five-year transportation funding as part of the Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP 3d). The city of Sherwood will benefit greatly from the board’s decision with four major projects totaling $37.3 million as part of the MSTIP 3d program.

“This decision represents a significant victory for our community in terms of improving our important transportation routes for our residents and businesses,” stated Mayor Keith Mays. “I believe these projects will help expand options for our citizens and build upon our high quality of life in Sherwood.”

Washington County and the city of Sherwood have been working on the latest round of transportation projects in the area to be funded by the MSTIP program over the next five years. The city of Sherwood is represented at the Washington County Coordinating Committee (WCCC) by Mayor Keith Mays, where he works jointly with other city mayors and county representatives towards the common goal of improving and expanding the countywide transportation system.

It is expected that these projects will greatly improve transportation routes and promote positive growth for Sherwood in the near future. Included on the list are the following projects:

1) Tualatin-Sherwood Road Improvements near Highway 99W - Construct additional lanes and remove conflicting traffic movements from Adams Avenue to Borchers Road in the congested intersection near Highway 99W. ($10.5 million)

2) 124th Avenue Extension - Construct an interim two-lane road from Tualatin-Sherwood Road to Tonquin Road. This project runs along the border between Sherwood and Tualatin and is a major component to future development of Sherwood’s Tonquin Employment Area. ($10.9 million)

3) 124th Avenue - Design of an east-west arterial from Tonquin Road to Boones Ferry Road through the Basalt Creek corridor, with construction of interim safety improvements on existing roads. This project provides a third route to I-5 from Sherwood, and will greatly improve commute times and growth potential along its alignment. ($10.0 million)

4) Kruger/Elwert Roads Intersection - The existing intersection is identified as having major safety and mobility concerns. The proposed project realigns the current intersection further north on Elwert Road and constructs a roundabout to improve traffic flow. This project will correct a major traffic safety concern and promote future growth all along the Elwert Road area. ($5.9 million)

MSTIP uses Washington County transportation tax revenue to construct transportation projects throughout the County.

To date, nearly $555 million worth of transportation related projects have been constructed. Recently, the city of Sherwood benefited from MSTIP funding by receiving $4.1 million worth of MSTIP-3c funds for use in the construction of the Langer Farms Parkway completed in 2012.

For more information, please contact Mayor Mays at 503-625-4246.

– City of Sherwood

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