Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the project take to complete?
The project is expected to take approximately two years to complete. Construction began in June 2015 and will be complete in summer 2017.
Why is the city performing night work at the Farmington and Murray intersection?
- The city and county staff carefully explored all options of construction for the Farmington Rd and Murray Blvd intersection. The city prefers night work to lessen the impact to drivers.
- Most of the traffic volume occurs during the day at the intersection with over 30,000 vehicles each day on Murray and over 28,000 during normal traffic flow on Farmington. Night work is used to lessen the overall traffic impact.
- Lane closures are necessary for the work being performed during this portion and would cause delays that would easily extend to Canyon/TV Hwy to the north and Allen Blvd to the south. In addition, it would add several months to the time it would take to install the water/sewer and storm water lines, thus prolonging the construction process.
- It’s important to replace the aging pipes and update our infrastructure so that the city can continue to provide the best services possible.
In the long run it is more efficient and less expensive to perform night work than doing this particular stretch of the project during the day.
- The night work on Farmington is exempt from the city’s noise ordinance. According to the noise ordinance, Ordinance No. 4679, per section 5.15.035 Exemptions, section E. states, “Repairs or excavations of bridges, streets or highways by or on the behalf of the City, state or federal government, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., when public welfare and convenience renders it impractical to perform the work between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.”
- The city engineer approves night work and on occasion, the engineer may require sending letters to residents in the area informing them of the work.
Has the city considered ways to minimize construction noise at night?
The city is exploring ways to minimize the noise at night. The city has approved additional staff to help direct construction vehicles so that the backup alarms can be shut off during night work.
Will there be lane closures during night work?
Yes. Lane closures will vary and when lane closures occur flaggers will be present to direction traffic. One lane will be closed at a time—dates TBD.
Where can I find more information?
How will traffic generally be directed during the construction period?
During construction, vehicle traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and left turn movements will be restricted between Murray and Hocken. The south side of the road will be constructed first and then construction will switch to the north side.
What are the suggested alternative routes?
Vehicle traffic is encouraged to use alternate routes such as Allen Boulevard or TV Highway.
Where will pedestrians be able to walk?
Pedestrian traffic will be directed to the north side of Farmington during construction of the south side, and they will be directed to the south side of Farmington during construction of the north side.
How will bus routes be affected?
TriMet will continue to use their existing stops along Farmington Road for bus #52. Temporary closures are avoided whenever possible because of the impact it has on residents using public transportation as their primary means of travel. Some delays will be expected.
Residents can call 503-238-RIDE or visit http://trimet.org/alerts/ to view all detours and service disruptions relating to the MAX and buses. TransitTracker is also another option for bus users: http://trimet.org/arrivals/.
How will police and fire response be impacted?
Washington County is providing notification to emergency services personnel letting them know about the project. Emergency services will always have priority through the work zone. They can expect minimal delays.
Washington County is also working closely with the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue station within the project limits, keeping the station apprised of all activities.
Why is this project important?
Beaverton and Washington County are building improvements to address traffic capacity issues experienced on Farmington Road. These issues were identified in the city’s award-winning visioning process as community priorities. The improvements on Farmington Road will increase capacity, improve pedestrian and bike safety, increase traffic flow and create a safer road. Both agencies appreciate residents’ patience during construction.
What improvements are included?
This project will make needed safety and traffic capacity improvements to Farmington Road, between Murray Boulevard and Hocken Avenue, for all modes of transportation including:
- Widening of Farmington Road to five lanes (two lanes each direction with a 12-foot center turn lane)
- Improvements to the intersection of Farmington Road and Murray Boulevard
- Realignment of 141st and 142nd Avenues
- New street lighting and street trees
- Waterline improvements (funded by the city)
- Sanitary sewer improvements (funded by the city and Clean Water Services)
- Continuous six-foot bike lanes
- Continuous eight-foot sidewalks
- Hocken Avenue will be expanded to five lanes near its intersection with Farmington Road
- Intersection at Farmington Road and Murray Boulevard will increase to seven lanes with the addition of right and left turn lanes
How is it funded?
The estimated total project cost is $24.1 million. Road improvement funding will be provided through Washington County’s Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) at $21.4 million. The City of Beaverton will fund $2.7 million for sewer and waterline improvements.
Who is involved in the construction?
The Farmington Road Project is a joint collaboration between Washington County and the City of Beaverton.
Washington County oversees design bidding, contract administration, right of way acquisition, and permitting. Beaverton is responsible for the construction management and inspections, and K&E Excavating will supply the workforce for the construction of the road. Both the city and Washington County will collaborate on public information efforts.
How will the businesses along the project area be affected?
All adjacent businesses have been notified about the project. Fifty different properties are involved and all have been working with Washington County. Accesses to the properties will be maintained to allow customers to continue to patronize their business.
How was the design developed?
The design was developed through Washington County’s public involvement process that included a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) that met 11 times over a 15-month period as well as two open houses. The PAC made a recommendation for a “preferred alternative” which was approved by the city in 2003/2004. Final design and construction of the project had been on hold pending construction funding.
Funding was then secured through phase 3d of MSTIP.
How was the “preferred alternative” design selected?
The PAC reviewed multiple options for the design of Farmington Road and made recommendations based on many factors including:
- Safety for all users
- Traffic impacts
- Right of way impacts
- Quality of life in neighborhoods
- Emergency vehicle access
- Access to homes and businesses
- Noise and aesthetics
Why are 141st and 142nd Avenues being realigned?
This alignment is in the City of Beaverton’s Transportation System Plan (TSP) to provide better north/south routes in the area. By realigning these two streets, it eliminates an “offset” intersection, which is less optimal for traffic operations and will improve safety for all users. Realignment of 141st and 142nd Avenues was recommended by the PAC in 2003 as a future need once the intersection of TV Highway and 142nd Avenue was signalized. However, as that signal is unlikely to be built in the foreseeable future, realignment of 141st and 142nd is being included in the Farmington Road improvements now as it can be cost-effectively constructed as part of the overall project—and the current need for the realignment is eminent. Additionally, traffic calming on 141st Avenue has been put into place to address neighborhood traffic concerns.