U.S. 26 interchange project will boost Washington County job prospects
State and local dignitaries marked the start of the U.S. 26 Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Interchange project with a celebration at the end of October.
The interchange has become increasingly important along the Sunset Highway. It serves as an entry point to Washington County's high-tech companies, one of the most important employment centers in the region and in the state. Approximately 850 nearby acres have been designated as industrial land and are projected to one day be home to thousands of new jobs. The interchange sees heavy traffic from westbound U.S. 26 to southbound Brookwood Parkway in the morning commute and heavy northbound traffic on Brookwood Parkway to eastbound U.S. 26 during the afternoon peak.
The U.S. 26 Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Interchange project will improve traffic flow and safety in the interchange area, facilitate economic development opportunities, and improve freight mobility. The project includes new ramps to enter and exit US 26, widening the Brookwood Parkway overcrossing to accommodate additional northbound and southbound lanes over U.S. 26, and adding sidewalks and bike lanes within the interchange area. The project began in August 2013 and the estimated completion date is summer of 2015.
The project’s $45 million price tag includes $23 million for the interchange project and $22 million for related transportation improvements in the interchange area. The project was funded by the Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA). The JTA, passed by the 2009 Oregon Legislature, provided new money to develop projects that would boost the transportation system and support jobs.