Road improvements, along with the installation of a 66-inch water pipeline, are planned.

Long-anticipated roadway improvements to Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood and Roy Rogers roads will begin in Sherwood on Aug. 16.

The Tualatin-Sherwood Road/Roy Rogers Road intersection with Highway 99W has a lot of traffic, especially during commute times and is expected to have more traffic in the future,  the Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation stated in a news release. The project improves traffic flow and safety for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists on Tualatin-Sherwood/Roy Rogers Road from Borchers Drive to Langer Farms Parkway.

The $40.6 million project also includes installing a 66-inch diameter section of pipe as part of the Willamette Water Supply Program. That program includes building a 30-mile pipeline from an intake facility along the Willamette River in Wilsonville and pumping the drinking water to Hillsboro. The pipeline also will also be used as a backup water source for the city of Beaverton.

Installing the pipe while the roadway is being done will reduces costs and traffic impacts, officials have said.

The road improvements will include the widening of Tualatin-Sherwood Road where two westbound through lanes will be added, as well as widening Tualatin-Sherwood Road east of Langer Farms Parkway, with a second eastbound through lane added beyond that intersection.

The project also calls for Highway 99W improvements that include adding two eastbound-to-northbound dual left-turn lanes, a westbound through-lane, an eastbound-to-southbound dedicated right-turn lane and a southbound-to-westbound dedicated right-turn lane.

Plans also call for the widening of Highway 99W to add a northbound lane from Tualatin-Sherwood Road to Langer Farms Parkway. Bike lanes also will be added to both sides of Tualatin-Sherwood Road, between Borchers Drive and Langer Farms Parkway, officials say.

Roadwork will be completed in four phases. Tualatin-Sherwood and Roy Rogers roads will remain open during the project.

The first stage of the project, which will last a full year, will begin on the east side of Highway 99W between north of Langer Farms Parkway and Tualatin Sherwood Road. Work also will be done on the south side of Roy Rogers Road between Lavender Avenue and Highway 99W and the north side of Tualatin-Sherwood Road between Highway 99W and Olds Place.

All construction is expected to be completed by September 2024. Money for the project comes from both Washington County s Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program and Willamette Water Supply System reimbursements.

Matt Meier, senior project manager for the county, said plans are to restripe and shift travel lanes throughout the duration of construction with most of Stage 1 travel restrictions occurring during work at night.

However, at one point, Roy Rogers Road at Scholls-Sherwood Road will be partially closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for five consecutive days in order to remove a median.

That work is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 13 but could change.

Read the article in the Sherwood Gazette