Federal Stimulus Money on County Roads

Washington County received approximately $6.2 million in federal stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Approximately half the funds have been used to complete various urban and rural overlays. The remaining funds are being used to complete various safety projects and energy upgrades to the county traffic system.  Safety projects include installing or upgrading pedestrian signal heads, emergency pre-emption equipment, solar powered school flasher units and guardrail upgrades. Energy upgrades included installing flashing yellow left turn arrows and implementing signal retiming changes.

Capital Project Management (CPM) has been  working with other divisions (Traffic Engineering, Engineering and Operations) to prepare all necessary project design and bid documents for ODOT. ODOT bid our projects which ensured we met the intent of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, which was to get as many people back to work as soon as possible.

What is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 2009?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed into law in February by President Obama, is an economic stimulus package intended to provide a boost to the U.S. economy to help it recover strength.  While the law provides funding to states and local governments for many needs, this information describes the transportation funding reaching local governments in Washington County.
How much did we get?
The ARRA sent $334 million to the state of Oregon for transportation needs.  Most of it is being spent by the state (ODOT).   $39 million went to Metro for redistribution to local governments.  Washington County received approximately $4.8 million from Metro; our cities received about $7.8 million.  Rural Washington County got $1.4 million from the state.  A grand total of $14 million in ARRA funds went to the county and its cities.

What will we spend it on?
The county and cities put forward projects that were either already designed and had their environmental permits and approvals, or projects that would not require any permits or approvals. The following projects have been constructed or are in the construction stage:

Maintenance Projects

  • Rural roads - pavement overlays (completed)
  • Urban roads - Pavement overlays (completed)
  • Freeways - Hwy 26 paving and cable barrier (ODOT) (completed)

Safety Projects:

  • Sidewalks
  • Parking for a transit station
  • Bridges - guardrail replacement (completed)
  • Solar-powered school zone flashers (completed)
  • Pedestrian signal heads at crosswalks
  • Pre-emption equipment for emergency responders

Traffic Efficiency Projects:

  • Flashing yellow arrows (completed) View article
  • Traffic signal timing improvements
  • Intersection improvements for Commuter Rail 

Map of project locations   



Pavement Overlays - Urban $2,300,000

2" Overlays on various urban county roads.

Pavement Overlays - Rural $1,110,000 2" overlays on various rural county roads.
Pedestrian Countdown Signals $742,696

Install countdown pedestrian signal heads at various intersections.

Flashing Yellow Arrows & Illuminated Sign Replacements

$650,000 Install new signal heads & replaced old lighted signs with high-grade sheeting.
Traffic Signal Retiming $600,000 Retain consultant to perform timing study & recommend signal timing changes.
Video Detection Upgrade #2 $900,000

Install traffic signal video detection at 48 locations.


Pre-emption System Upgrade $320,000 Upgrade existing pre-emption software & equipment at various intersections to improve safety for emergency responders.
School Zone Flasher Units $250,000 Install solar powered flasher units at various school locations.
Bridge Guardrail Upgrades $250,000 Replace existing guardrail on several rural county bridges.
Video Detection Upgrade $500,000 Install traffic signal video detection at 32 locations.


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