ODOT and Washington County receive $10.1 million for traffic management projects

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation

The US Department of Transportation (US DOT) has announced that the Oregon Department of Transportation's Region 1 (ODOT) and Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT) were jointly awarded $10.1 million to implement a series of advanced transportation management system (ATMS) improvements on several state highways and major arterial roads.

The funds come from the US DOT's most recent round of Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery grants, known as TIGER VI. The TIGER program is extremely competitive. US DOT received requests for $9.5 billion in TIGER VI funding—15 times more than the $600 million available nationwide.

"These important federal funds will allow ODOT to expand our RealTime network which will improve safety, travel time and reliability on our region's most critical freight and commuter routes," said ODOT Region 1 Interim Manager Rian Windsheimer.

The grant will fund a number of projects aimed at maximizing the efficiency of existing road and highway infrastructure by helping traffic flow more smoothly and alerting drivers to congestion areas so they can seek alternate travel routes. The projects are primarily clustered in Washington County's Silicon Forest, but also include projects on US 26 (Sunset Highway) and Interstate 84 (Banfield), which are part of a critical freight and commuter corridor linking the Silicon Forest with PDX. The TIGER-funded projects will benefit all road users, including passenger vehicles, transit, freight, bicyclists and pedestrians. Completion is scheduled for late 2016.

"This funding moves us closer toward implementing Washington County's Intelligent Transportation System plan, which uses enhanced signal coordination and other technologies to best manage traffic flow on our most heavily-used roads," said Andrew Singelakis, Washington County's Director of Land use and Transportation. "Our success in the highly competitive TIGER program speaks to the county and ODOT's ability to form a partnership and successfully leverage our local funding for regional benefit." 

The County and ODOT appreciate the support of our entire local congressional delegation: Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici.

Project Overview: 

The TIGER VI funds will be used for the following projects, which were derived from the ODOT ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) plan, the Washington County ITS Plan and the Metro Regional TSMO (Transportation System Management and Operations) Plan:
TigerMap
Corridor Extent Owner/Operator  Description 
US 26  OR-217 to I-405 ODOT Advanced Traffic Management System (similar to what was recently installed on OR-217)
I-84 I-5 to I-205 ODOT Advanced Traffic Management System (similar to what was recently installed on OR-217)
TV Hwy Beaverton to Brookwood ODOT Communication, Arterial Variable Message Signs and other ITS technology 
Cornelius Pass Rd Cornell to TV Hwy Washington County ITS Plan Project including Communications and other ITS technology
Murray Blvd US 26 to TV Hwy  Washington County ITS Plan Project including Communications and other ITS technology
Murray Blvd TV Hwy to Scholls Ferry Rd  Washington County ITS Plan Project including Communications and other ITS technology
Scholls Ferry Rd Murray to OR 217  Washington County ITS Plan Project including Communications and other ITS technology
185th Ave US 26 to TV Hwy  Washington County ITS Plan Project including Communications and other ITS technology

Washington County LUT Contact: 
Andrew Singelakis, Director 
Washington County Department of Land Use &Transportation 
(503) 846-8740 

ODOT Region 1 Contact:
Rian Windsheimer, Interim Region Manager 
ODOT Region 1 
(503) 731-8256

Media Contact:

Stephen Roberts, Communications Coordinator
(503) 846-4963
Stephen_Roberts@co.washington.or.us