Construction on Walnut Street planned for next summer

Crews plan to make several changes to Southwest Walnut Street in Tigard near Fowler Middle School and add a stop light near 135th Avenue.Changes are coming to Southwest Walnut Street.

Crews plan to improve the road between 116th Avenue and Tiedeman Avenue, near Fowler Middle School.

The two-lane road has limited street lighting and inadequate drainage, according to Washington County, with few sidewalks and no bike lane.

Crews plan to add a turn lane, as well as sidewalks, curbs, bike lanes and better lighting and drainage to the area.

Washington County said that the improvements will provide “a safer and more efficient commute for travelers along with a safer route to Fowler Middle School for students, parents and staff.”

Improvements are also planned for the Southwest 135th Avenue intersection and will include the installation of a traffic signal and left turn lane.

The city of Tigard and Washington County’s Department of Land Use and Transportation are holding an open house on Wednesday, March 19, to discuss construction between 116th Avenue and Tiedeman Avenue which is expected to begin next year.

The open house runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Charles F. Tigard Elemtnary School, 12855 S.W. Grant Ave.

Construction isn’t set to begin until summer 2015, and will last about a year.

No formal presentation is planned at the open house, but city and county staff will be on hand to answer any questions and solicit comments from the community.

The project is funded through the county’s Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program.

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