Designs for widening a portion of Tualatin-Sherwood Road as well as plans to extend 124th Avenue are moving forward

by: WASHINGTON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION - Here's a rendering of what the widening of Tualatin-Sherwood Road from Langer Farms Parkway to Borcher's Drive will look like.Washington County is moving forward with plans to make improvements to both Tualatin-Sherwood Road and Southwest 124th Avenue.

Designs for widening Tualatin-Sherwood Road from Borcher’s Drive to Langer Farms Parkway are due by the end of the year, according to Stephen Roberts, communications coordinator for the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation.

Plans are to include two westbound through lanes between the two roadways, effectively creating five lanes that will include a continuous center lane.

At Langer Farms Parkway, the road will taper to three lanes heading east on Tualatin-Sherwood Road towards Tualatin. Gramor Development, developers of the new Sherwood Town Center development (which includes a planned Walmart), would pay the county to make the improvements. Some opponents to the proposed Walmart have said the additional influx of traffic onto an already crowded Tualatin-Sherwood Road should be enough to deny the project.

Meanwhile, part of the conditions of approval for the construction of the new shopping complex includes extending Langer Farms Parkway north across Tualatin-Sherwood Road where it will wind around and hook up with Highway 99W at the current Home Depot stoplight.Click here

Also, Century Drive along Langer Farms Parkway (at the roundabout) would be extended to Tualatin-Sherwood Road. Finally, additional turn lanes are planned for Highway 99W, one at the Sherwood Boulevard intersection, the other at Tualatin-Sherwood Road.

At the same time, plans are moving forward to extend 124th Avenue at Tualatin-Sherwood Road. Currently, 124th Avenue ends on the north side of Tualatin-Sherwood Road in Tualatin but a new roadway will extend south, crossing Tualatin-Sherwood Road for about 2.3 miles before crossing Tonquin Road. From there it will parallel Tonquin Road traveling east until it reaches Graham’s Ferry Road, said Roberts.

The future 124th Avenue extension, scheduled for completion in 2016 with a $15 million pricetag, is expected to take much of the heavy truck traffic off Tonquin Road, a roadway badly in need of repair. Plans are also on the books to straighten out the curves on Tonquin at Morgan Road (where Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue’s training center sits), said Roberts.

In November, Sherwood voters approved annexing about 300 acres of property in what’s known as the Tonquin Employment Area, which will be along the 124th Avenue extension. Plans are to create a light industrial zone for future production-type employment.

At the same time, the county has made a request to make $2.1 million in improvements at the Tonquin/Grahams Ferry intersection through a request for regional flexible funds program managed by Metro. Roberts said the total estimated project cost of that project is $3.3 million.

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