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Washington County and Willamette Water Supply officials will be at Scholls Heights Elementary.

COURTESY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY - A map shows in red which segment of Roy Rogers Road will be improved.Washington County has announced a Thursday, Oct. 12, informational open house for a planned improvement project along Roy Rogers Road in Tigard.

The county plans to widen Roy Rogers Road from two lanes to five — two travel lanes in either direction and a center lane for turning — through the River Terrace neighborhood, from Scholls Ferry Road in the north to almost half a mile past Bull Mountain Road in the south. The $24.9 million project is scheduled to break ground next year.

The open house will be held at Scholls Heights Elementary School, 16400 S.W. Loon Drive in Beaverton, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be no formal presentation, but representatives from Washington County and the Willamette Water Supply Program will be on hand to answer questions.

Roadwork along Roy Rogers Road is being planned in conjunction with the installation of water pipelines as part of the Willamette Water Supply Program, a massive infrastructure project that aims to begin providing drinking water to the Tualatin Valley Water District and Hillsboro by 2026.

Elsewhere in Washington County, groundwork associated with Willamette Water Supply is taking place simultaneously with development projects like the construction of the South Hillsboro neighborhood and the extension of 124th Avenue near Tualatin and Sherwood.

"It made a lot of sense with the county doing all of this roadwork," said program construction manager Andre Tolme of coordinating the Willamette Water Supply pipe-laying with projects like 124th Avenue.

The Oct. 12 open house is sponsored by the Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation.

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor, The Times
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