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OR 217 Auxiliary Lanes Project

Design Phase

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Beaverton, Tigard, Washington)


​​​​​​​​​​​​​We are working to improve safety and help prevent bottlenecks on OR 217 between Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and OR 99W. Construction is expected to begin in late 2021.​​​ Para traducir esta página, haga clic en el icono con la letra "A" en la esquina superior derecha y seleccione su idioma.


Impacts

Construction Impacts

Impactos de construcción en español disponibles abajo.

We now know more about what types of traffic impacts people will encounter during the four-year construction project, starting in late 2021. Construction will happen in phases and the sequencing and detailed schedule will be communicated as the project progresses. Detour routes will be established in partnership with local jurisdictions. In addition to nighttime lane and ramp closures, anticipated traffic impacts over the life of the project include:

Highway Lane Closures:
  • 24/7 single lane closures for up to nine days at a time (this will happen twice; once near Scholls Ferry Road and once near OR 99W) and up to two days at a time (this will also happen twice; once near Greenburg Road and once near Denney Road).
  • Full closures of one direction of OR 217 for up to five weekends.
Ramp Closures:
  • Up to five-month closure of the southbound on/off ramps at Denney Road before the new frontage road is open.
  • Up to two-month closure of northbound entrance loop ramp from OR 99W.​
SW Hall Boulevard overpass between OR 99W and SW Pfaffle Street:
  • Up to six-month closure of the Hall Boulevard overpass between OR 99W and Pfaffle Street. A bike/​pedestrian temporary bridge will be available during the closure as well as a signed detour for drivers.
Local Roads: 
  • Lane closures on local roads adjacent to OR 217.
Se espera que la construcción de este proyecto comience a fines de 2021 y terminará en 2025. La construcción se llevará a cabo en fases. La secuencia y la agenda detallada se comunicará conforme el proyecto progrese. Además de los cierres nocturnos de carriles y rampas, los impactos anticipados del tráfico durante el proyecto incluyen:

Cierres de carriles de la autopista:
  • Cierre de carriles por 24/7 por hasta nueve días a la vez (esto ocurrirá dos veces; una vez cerca de SW Scholls Ferry Road y una vez cerca de OR 99W) y hasta dos días a la vez (esto también ocurrirá dos veces; cerca de SW Greenburg Road y SW Denney Road).
  • Cierres completos en una dirección a la vez para OR 217 y las rampas de entrada y salida asociadas por hasta cinco fines de semana para la pavimentación de la autopista en el área de proyecto.
Cierres de rampas:
  • Cierre por hasta cinco meses en la rampa de salida hacia el sur de SW Denney Road y en la rampa de entrada hacia el sur de SW Denney Road antes de que se abra la nueva vía lateral.
  • Cierre de dos meses de la rampa en forma de lazo de OR 99W a OR 217 hacia el norte.
Paso elevado de SW Hall Boulevard con dirección al sur entre OR 99W:
  • Cierre por hasta 6 meses al tráfico vehicular en el paso elevado. Habrá una desviación con señalizaciones.
  • Habrá un puente temporal para ciclistas y peatones mientras el puente principal está cerrado.
Calles locales:
  • Cierre de carriles en SW Hall Boulevard y SW Scholls Ferry Road para trabajo en el puente.

Meetings and Events

There are currently no project-wide public meetings scheduled, but the project team is happy to attend and provide a briefing to your neighborhood, business, or community group. Please contact us if you are interested in a project briefing.

View the project fact sheet​. 

Vea el folleto informativo del proyecto.

Read the July 2020 e-newsletter​.

Read the November 2019 e-newsletter​


Schedule

​Project design: Wrapping up in spring 2021

Construction expected: late 2021 through 2025​

Details

About

Improving Safety and Travel Reliability

The OR 217 Auxiliary Lanes Project will address long-standing bottlenecks on the highway between Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and OR 99W due to too many closely spaced interchanges. Auxiliary lanes are ramp-to-ramp connections that help reduce bottlenecks by giving drivers more space and time to merge safely. This decreases conflicts, improves safety and the flow of traffic, and ultimately allows the existing lanes to work more efficiently.

We will also address one of the worst bottleneck locations at the Allen Boulevard and Denney Road interchanges by adding a new frontage road, replacing a major bridge structure and building four sound walls.

We aren't just making improvements to the highway itself. We also need to make the area surrounding OR 217 safer for all users. In partnership with the City of Beaverton and Washington County, we are making targeted improvements to local bicycle and pedestrian routes.


Project Need

OR 217 between Beaverton and Tigard has 10 interchanges in just over seven miles and some of the shortest merging spacing in the region. The interchange spacing, combined with 120,000 vehicles a day, leads to high crash rates and travel delays. The interchanges at Allen Boulevard and Denney Road are some of the worst bottleneck locations. This project will help minimize bottlenecks and help everyone on OR 217 get where they need to go.


Project Map

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​Project El​​ements

Major elements of the OR 217 Auxiliary Lanes Project include:

  • Add southbound auxiliary lane from Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway to OR 99W.
  • Add northbound auxiliary lanes from OR 99W to Scholls Ferry Rd.
  • Replace the Allen Boulevard southbound on-ramp and the Denney Road southbound off-ramp with a new frontage road. This will reduce the amount of merging on the highway and in turn increase safety and reliability.
  • Replace the Hall Boulevard overpass between OR 99W and Pfaffle Street, including wider sidewalks and bike lanes.
  • Build four sound walls to reduce noise for project neighbors. Visit the sound wall page to learn more about the process and view their locations.​
  • Widen two ramps: the Denney Road southbound on-ramp and the OR 99W northbound off-ramp.
  • Bridge work including repaving bridge surfaces, adding protective screening, improving and retrofitting bridge railings on the Allen Boulevard, Denney Road and Scholls Ferry overpasses

What is an auxiliary lane and how will they improve travel on OR 217?

Auxiliary lanes are ramp-to-ramp connections that help reduce bottlenecks by giving drivers more space and time to merge safely. This decreases conflicts, improves safety and the flow of traffic, and ultimately allows the existing lanes to work more efficiently.

Studies show that auxiliary lanes reduce crashes by approximately 20%.  Fewer crashes mean a safer and more efficient highway.



Allen/Denney Southbound Frontage Road

The interchanges at SW Allen Boulevard and SW Denney Road are some of the worst bottleneck locations on OR 217. This is because the two interchanges are very closely spaced, leading to merging conflicts and crashes. The change we're making will reduce the amount of merging and in turn increase safety and reliability in the southbound direction.

We are replacing the SW Allen Boulevard southbound on-ramp and the SW Denney Road southbound off-ramp with a new southbound two-lane frontage road. The frontage road will work similarly to the one to the north connecting Canyon Road and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.  Once it's complete, drivers should expect:

  • Those who normally get on OR 217 using the SW Allen Boulevard southbound on-ramp, will use the new frontage road to travel south and merge onto the highway using the SW Denney Road southbound on-ramp.
  • Those who normally get off of OR 217 using the SW Denney Road southbound off-ramp, will exit the highway at SW Allen Boulevard and use the new frontage road to travel south to SW Denney Road.


Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements

This project includes targeted improvements to local bicycle and pedestrian routes, in partnership with City of Beaverton and Washington County, including:

  • Extend Fanno Creek Trail along the east side of OR 217 up to Allen Boulevard. This connection completes the OR 217 parallel bike path network from OR 99W to Allen Boulevard.
  • Widen sidewalk on north side of Denney Road from Fanno Creek Trail to SW 105th Avenue. After completion, there will be a 12.5-foot-wide sidewalk along Denney Road in that section.
  • Build new sidewalks and bike lanes on Hall Boulevard from Cascade Avenue to Scholls Ferry Road. The overpass is challenging for people riding bikes or using the sidewalks as it currently only has a sidewalk on one side and lacks bike lanes.
  • Widen the bike lanes and sidewalks on Hall Boulevard between OR 99W and Pfaffle Street.
  • View renderings of the existing and planned cross sections​.


​We will keep you informed

ODOT is committed to keeping you informed during construction. We will continue to share progress and respond to questions through:

  • Email updates.
  • Direct outreach to neighbors and key stakeholders.
  • Virtual briefings.
  • Website updates.
  • Future (virtual) open houses.
  • Updates to www.tripcheck.com​ for traffic impacts.
  • Noise hotline.

Location

OR 217 | OR 217 southbound Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway to OR 99W and OR 217 northbound OR 99W to Scholls Ferry Road​

Cost and Funding

The total project cost is $134 million. We are delivering on a legislative commitment to make these safety improvements through the Keep Oregon Moving (HB 2017) transportation funding package. Read more about HB 2017.​

Benefits

Project benefits include:

  • The addition of new auxiliary lanes help prevent bottlenecks that cause congestion and crashes, which create delays for travelers and freight.
  • A new frontage road for southbound drivers connecting Allen Boulevard and Denney Road will make trips safer for drivers by decreasing the amount of merging on the highway.
  • New pedestrian and bicycle improvements enhance local neighborhoods and expand routes for pedestrians and people on bikes.

Additional Information

​Habla español? Podemos proveer la información en esta publicación en español. Para recibir la información en español, por favor llame al (503) 731-4128.

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1

Contacts & Media

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Project Contact

Community Affairs Coordinator
Lili Boicourt
Email
Lili.D.Boicourt@odot.state.or.us
Phone
503-731-8247

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Last Updated

7/13/2021 6:05 PM

Project Number

18841

Project Documents

Related documents to this project
2019_0521_OR217_Paneles_Español.pdfPaneles de exposición del proyecto usadas en la sesión pública el 21 de mayo, 2019.
2019_OR217_November_Enewsletter.pdfNovember 2019 e-newsletter
2019_0521_OR217_DisplayBoards.pdfProject display boards used at the May 21st, 2019 open house.
18841-OR217-OR10-OR99W-Snapshot.pdfA brief overview of the project, including costs and benefits.
2020_1117_OR217_Factsheet.pdfProject fact sheet, November 2020.
2020_1118_OR217_FolletoInformativo.pdfFolleto informative, noviembre 2020.
OR217_BikePedCrossSections.pdf



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