Why is it needed?
About the TV Highway Corridor Plan
The area of the TV Highway corridor under study is the 8.5 miles between Cedar Hills Boulevard in Beaverton and the Hillsboro Regional Center. This corridor is an important east-west connection between Beaverton and Hillsboro Regional Centers and to Highway 217. The highway and the corridor will continue to play an important role in the economic success and quality of life for citizens and businesses in Washington County.
The TV Highway Corridor Plan (TVCP) will identify and prioritize ways to improve safety, manage congestion, and enhance conditions for everyone who uses TV Highway - drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and freight providers. The Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Hillsboro, and Washington County are developing the TVCP for the 8.5 mile section of TV Highway between downtown Beaverton and downtown Hillsboro, and the broader area served by this transportation corridor.
What Should the Priorities Be?
This important east-west connection between Beaverton and Hillsboro regional centers and to Highway 217 plays a critical role in the quality of life and economic success for citizens and businesses in Washington County. TV Highway carries up to 40,000 vehicles per day and poses significant challenges that affect safety for passenger vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, transit, and freight. The plan will identify short and long term transportation priorities to provide the most benefit for people to use the corridor now and in the future.
Should the Highway be 4 lanes or 6 lanes?
The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) functional and design classification for TV Highway raises the question of whether TV Highway (between Brookwood Ave. and Murray Boulevard) should be 4 lanes, with some access management (e.g. reduced number of driveways), or 6 lanes with grade-separated intersections and access management (considered at Cornelius Pass Rd., 185TH Ave., and Murray Boulevard). The plan will determine the number and types of vehicle lanes, bicycle facilities, access to businesses and intersection design concepts for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. Click here to see more information.
Steps in Developing the TVCP
The project has four basic steps.
1) (Completed) Evaluate existing conditions on TV Highway
The team evaluated conditions such as how much traffic is on the road, how many crashes there are in the area and the adequacy of pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
2) (Completed) Identify issues and limitations for TV Highway
Guided by public input, the project team is identifying issues, limitations, and opportunities for improving TV Highway and other routes that connect with and run parallel to TV Highway. Some of these include: congestion in the area, insufficient number of and safe crossings for pedestrians, and causes of car crashes in the area, including crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
3) (Current Phase) Develop potential solutions for TV Highway
Solutions could include improvements like adding turn lanes at specific intersections, putting in timed traffic lights, building enhanced bike facilities, and putting in more crosswalks or pedestrian refuges. The team will seek public input on these draft solutions.
4) (Spring 2012) Develop final set of recommended solutions
Recommended solutions will need to be formally adopted by local jurisdictions into transportation system plans.