I-5 to 99W Connector open houses

From Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder’s monthly newsletter.

By the way, I think this project gets an award for abuse of a blogging platform. The project web site is based on Word Press (kudos) and features an RSS feed. But… the most recent item in the RSS feed is from Sep 2005 (lame).

The I-5 to 99W Connector Project is a study to address the possibility of connecting these two busy roadways, which has been recognized as a need for more than a decade.

Traffic demand in the southwestern portion of the region has grown substantially, leading to increasingly congested conditions. Growth comes from more people living and working in Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and Wilsonville; moving freight into and out of the area; growth throughout the region; and statewide traffic.

Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan, the Oregon Highway Plan and transportation plans for Washington County, Sherwood and Tualatin identify the need for a transportation solution in this area to address the growing travel demand. The Oregon Transportation Commission designated this as a project of statewide significance, further confirming its importance.

To help identify potential solutions, the project team is hosting three open houses to gather input from the public.

Areas to be discussed include:
* potential corridors where new transportation facilities could be located, and where these corridors should connect to I-5 and Highway 99W
* potential upgrades to existing roadways or intersections that could improve regional and intrastate travel
* constraints or areas that should be avoided as corridors are developed.

Open house dates:

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29
Tualatin High School
22300 SW Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30
Middleton Elementary School
23505 SW Old Highway 99W, Sherwood

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6
Wilsonville City Hall
29799 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

The same information will be available at all meetings.

For more information, call (503) 595-9915, send e-mail to info@i5to99w.org, or visit www.i5to99w.org.

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