Last night, Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously on a $3 million budget package that will fund five important safety projects in 2013-14. This historic investment is a smart and visionary use of County resources; it will improve the lives and health of Washington County residents and businesses for generations to come.
What will be funded?
- Sidewalks on 178th Avenue between the TV Highway and SW Johnson St
- Lighting on the TV Highway between 178th and 192nd Avenues
- Rock Creek Trail Crossing at Cornell Rd
- Path and sidewalk infill on Scholls Ferry Rd from Denny Rd to the McKay School
- Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway Enhancements
Thank you, Commissioners, for your leadership and vision in making Washington County a better place to bike, walk, and live!
Where does the money come from?
It comes from a source called Gain Share. Washington County expects to receive more than $80 million of Gain Share funds over the next five years. Gain Share funds come from increased income taxes that are the result of jobs created or retained due to property tax abatements in the county. This is discretionary funding that the Board of Commissioners can use as they see fit, and they decided to allocate $3 million each year for the next five years to bike and pedestrian safety projects like adding bike lanes, sidewalks, and signals to key roads.
The BTA outlined four Washington County priorities in the 2013 Blueprint for World-Class Bicycling: improving safety along the Tualatin Valley Highway, finding ways for people on bikes and on foot to safely cross Highway 26, identifying and creating safe and appealing neighborhood bikeways throughout the County, and supporting the construction of the Westside Trail. We are looking forward to collaborating with Washington County leaders and advocates on these and other priorities. Learn more.
Contact Lisa Frank, Advocate
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