When we asked people in Washington County what we should prioritize to make biking safer, we heard loud and clear: Fix the Highway 26 crossings. Now, there are projects underway on four crossings and opportunities for you to take action and learn more.
Come to the Brookwood Open House
Washington County wants your feedback on plans to add bike lanes to Brookwood Parkway, from Evergreen up to Meek and the Highway 26 crossing. Brookwood Parkway is an important north-south route on the east side of Hillsboro and it’s being widened to six lanes. The bridge at Brookwood over Highway 26 is also being reconstructed with six foot-wide bike lanes (see the ODOT project website for details). Come to an open house to tell Washington County what you think of the project and plans to put in six foot-wide bike lanes with a two foot-wide painted buffer.
Date: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Time: 5 – 7 pm (drop in any time)
Location: Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
If you can’t make it, email Project Manager Matt Meier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let him know what you think of the proposed design!
A Bridge to Somewhere
Cornelius Pass Road crosses Highway 26 just west of the Rock Creek neighborhood (east of Brookwood). It is being widened to seven lanes, with a proposed two-way multi-use path on the east side of the road. This will provide an attractive, direct route for people biking and walking along Cornelius Pass Road- but only if the planned bridges over Cornelius Pass to the west and Highway 26 to the north are constructed. The BTA hopes ODOT, the City of Hillsboro, and Washington County will work together to complete concept plans and designs for the bridge over Highway 26 as they plan to widen the highway. The need is urgent and this is an excellent opportunity to fix this crossing. Read more on our blog and the project website– and if you missed the open house, you can still submit comments online!
A Little Bit Better
Construction is wrapping up at two of our other priority Highway 26 crossings: Glencoe Road northwest of Hillsboro and Bethany Boulevard north of Beaverton. Bethany will now have bike lanes between Cornell and West Union, including over the highway. The Glencoe bridge over Highway 26 was replaced and now includes bike lanes, with extra width through some sections. Neither of these projects created bike facilities that are appealing and safe to all riders, but each crossing is a little bit better than it was before. The BTA is working with Washington County, ODOT, and the cities to help future projects include world-class bikeways on major roads. To learn more, see the project websites for Bethany and Glencoe.