Oregon Community Paths project provides safe (dry) connections
Several enthusiastic Washington County residents gathered in the rain earlier this fall at a ribbon-cutting for the Reedville Trail – yes, it was wet out. But they were celebrating what is now a safer, dryer multiuse path, complete with bridges and pavement. Previously, the well-used trail between Johnson Street and Baseline Road had been difficult to navigate at best. But not anymore.
“This 12-foot-wide, paved multiuse path provides an alternative to walking along a busy street like Cornelius Pass Road,” said Heather Sturgill, senior communication specialist for Washington County. “It’s a great example of how ‘transportation’ is not limited to streets.”
Project improvements and repairs included:
- Widening and paving the multiuse path.
- Upgrading the crossings at Jay Street, Rock Road and Augusta Street.
- Building a bridge at Reedville Creek.
- Adding lighting, waste bins and dog-waste facilities.
The project, which also made improvements to neighborhood spur connections, had been on the community’s wish list for a while.
“The Reedville Trail was identified as a priority investment in the Aloha-Reedville Study and Livable Community Plan, Washington County Bicycle Pedestrian Prioritization Project, and Washington County School Access Improvement Study,” Sturgill said. “It’s really a great example of taxpayer funds well spent.”
Accomplishing goals together
Funded in part by a $1.5 million grant from ODOT’s Oregon Community Paths program, which includes monies from the 2019-legislatively established Multimodal Active Transportation Fund*, the new trail follows the path of the Bonneville Power Administration’s Pearl-Keeler electric transmission line. Funding for the project also came from Washington County’s MSTIP and Gain Share programs.
“This ribbon-cutting event celebrates the growing number of active transportation networks across the state,” said Alan Thompson, OCP manager. “These are not recreation projects but transportation projects providing safer ways for people to walk, bike and roll to schools, work and other destinations.”
Construction began in June and is finishing up this winter. Eventually, the trail will be part of a longer path connecting Beaverton and Sherwood.
“The Reedville Trail is part of the Hillsboro Trails Master Plan and the Metro Regional Trails System,” Sturgill said. “It is proposed to continue south, possibly to Cooper Mountain Nature Park or the Ice Age Tonquin Trail in Sherwood.”
It’s a holiday gift many Washington County residents and visitors will cherish!
*The Multimodal Active Transportation Fund receives money from several sources and does not use State Highway Funds. Two sources for the fund were created in the historic HB 2017 funding package: a $15 tax on new bicycles over $200 and a vehicle privilege tax, of which a portion goes to OCP.