January 27, 2021

Tualatin Valley Highway ‘not a safe place’ a key cog in Metro’s push for transportation measure

One of Oregon’s most dangerous, crash-prone and regionally important urban highways would see record investments in the next decade if voters approve Metro’s proposed payroll tax on employers to fund billions of dollars in transportation projects.

Tualatin Valley Highway, the state highway also known as Oregon 8, would see $700 million for hundreds of streetlights, miles of sidewalks, transit projects including bus shelters, dozens of transit-priority traffic signals to give buses a head start and two dozen or more new pedestrian crossings under Metro’s $7 billion transportation package.

Only the proposed light rail extension to Bridgeport Village, which would receive $975 million in revenue generated by the proposed tax, would receive more funding. Planners estimate another $100 million could be leveraged from the federal or state government to invest in TV Highway, which carves through or skirts the downtowns of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Cornelius and Forest Grove.

The highway makes portions

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