Open House for Porter Road bridge replacement is Feb. 23

For Immediate Release: Monday, February 01, 2016

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Capital Project Services Division

Feb. 23 Open House for Porter Road bridge replacement project

Porter Road Bridge update


An open house for the Porter Road bridge replacement project will be held from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., Forest Grove. Information about the OR 47/Verboort roundabout project will also be available at this open house.

The event, sponsored by the Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation, is a chance for the public to learn more about the proposed design for the upcoming bridge replacement project. Project staff will be on hand to answer questions and solicit comments. No formal presentation is planned. 

The existing weight-limited timber bridge on Porter Road over Council Creek is functionally obsolete and showing signs of decay. This project will replace the substandard bridge with a longer spanning concrete structure. The new bridge will accommodate two lanes of vehicle traffic, bicyclists, and occasional farm equipment. Construction is anticipated to begin August 2016.

This project requires a three- to four-month closure of Porter Road at the bridge starting late summer 2016. Notification will be sent out as soon as closure dates are confirmed.  

For more information, visit the project website, or contact Kim Haughn, Public Information Officer, at 503-846-7822 or

If you need a sign language interpreter, assistive listening device, or a language interpreter, please call 503-846-7800 (or 7-1-1 for Telecommunications Relay Service) at least 48 hours prior to this event.  

Washington County is committed to working with our partner agencies in planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and operating the county roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Melissa De Lyser, Communications Coordinator