Show Up for Safety on TV Highway

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The Oregon Department of Transportation is holding two public meetings to discuss improvements to the intersection of the Tualatin Valley (TV) Highway and 185th Avenue, and the surrounding area.

Come to a meeting and tell ODOT staff what safety improvements you’d like to see! You can read more about the project here. TV Highway is one of the top projects identified in public input for our Blueprint and we need your help to make it better.

You can attend one of these meetings:

Monday, March 10, 4-6 pm: The International School of Beaverton, 17770 SW Blanton St, Aloha

Thursday, March 20, 6:30-8 pm: PCC Willow Creek at 241 SW Edgeway Drive (near 185th Avenue and Baseline Road) in Beaverton.  This meeting is in conjunction with the Aloha-Reedville Study Town Hall meeting.

And here are some suggestions of what we’d like to see, to give you an idea of what sort of input you can share:

  • Prevent left and right hook crashes by providing a separate signal phase for turning vehicles, that does not overlap with the through-movement of other vehicles or people
  • Add green coloring to the pavement where bike lanes and driveways cross, to raise awareness of conflict points
  • Add bicycle facilities to the portions of 185th Ave that currently lack them


We can do better than this.

We can do better than this. Source: Google Maps Streetview.

The Tualatin-Valley Highway is the only east-west connector between Beaverton and Forest Grove. Along the way, you’ll find gaps in the bike lanes and sidewalks, dangerous intersections, and frequent driveways that put people riding, walking, and driving into each others’ paths.

This important commercial corridor is unsafe and unpleasant for everyone, but one day it could support everyone who wants to get around, whether they’re biking, walking, using transit, or driving with benefits to safety, congestion, and local businesses. We’re sure that’s why so many people called it out as a priority when we asked for input on our Blueprint projects in the Make Big Streets Safe category.

What TV Highway ultimately needs is a trail or fully protected bikeway, but for now, you can help ODOT fix the intersection at 185th!

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  1. Lisa Frank Permalink  | Mar 05, 2014 11:19am

    Update: Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten, a long-time supporter of the BTA, will be attending the March 20th event to discuss the Aloha-Reedville Study and Livable Community Plan. Aloha-Reedville is in unincorporated Washington County between Beaverton and Hillsboro, and TV Highway, one of our Blueprint priorities, runs through the middle of the neighborhood. The Aloha-Reedville Community Plan calls for neighborhood bikeways, new regional trails including the Westside Trail, bike parking, and improving streetscapes to help people bike, walk, and use transit in Aloha-Reedville.

    You can read more about Aloha-Reedville here: