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Updated: 4/19/18
Here is a summary of the work happening in Public Works.  Please feel free to contact Marissa Grass with any questions.

CERT Class Attends Fire Safety Training in Sherwood this Week
Tigard’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a volunteer group of trained and dedicated individuals who keep our community strong by connecting neighbors to help deter crime and prepare for and respond to major storms, earthquakes and other emergencies. CERT students receive 24 hours of training in basic emergency response skills like first aid, search and rescue, and fire safety and suppression. The Spring CERT class completed fire safety training at the TVF&R Training Center in Sherwood this week, and will complete final exercises on Saturday.

Earth Day Spotlight: Green Team Helps to Promote Stream Health in Tigard
Formed in 2016, the City’s Public Works Green Team helps to support a healthy environment for fish, wildlife and the community. The city’s green team maintains natural areas built to protect water quality in Tigard. There are 149 public water quality facilities and 9.4 miles of creeks within the city. Facilities are constructed to protect our precious water resources by removing pollution from stormwater runoff before it enters into local streams and the Tualatin River. They function by slowing down, filtering, and either infiltrating runoff into the soil or releasing it into adjacent water bodies at a slower, more natural rate.

Water Division UpdatePW Updates
Field staff in the Water Division continue to replace fire hydrants in the Summerfield area near Alderbrook Drive. Crews are also inspecting and flushing hydrants along the entire stretch of Pacific Highway for proper operation. In the photo below Kay Landsiedel, Senior Utility Technician, is working on a 12” clay-valve that regulates flow throughout the city and into different pressure zones.

March 22, 2018

Updated: 3/22/18
Here is a summary of the work happening in Public Works.  Please feel free to contact Marissa Grass with any questions.

Golden Egg Contest
Tigard Parks & Rec is eggcited to announce our first SCAVENGER EGG HUNT! Over the next 2 weeks we will be hiding a series of 6 golden eggs in parks throughout Tigard. For each golden egg we will share a post containing several clues about where the egg is hidden. The first to find the golden egg receives FREE entry into the Tigard Egg Hunt and a bonus prize! Scavenger Hunt posts will be made on March 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 & 29 by 3 p.m. Golden eggs will be hidden in Jack Park, Cook Park, Woodard Park, Summerlake Park and Dirksen Park.

Commercial Street Sidewalk Project Moving Forward
The city’s contractor (GT Excavating) is constructing a new porous concrete sidewalk along the north side of Commercial Street between 95th Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.  This work requires Commercial Street to be closed to vehicular traffic, but access is being maintained for pedestrians, local traffic and existing residential driveways. Project Manager Andrew Newbury expects the work to be complete in about two weeks. 
Public Works Update: Sidewalk Installation

Water Division to Complete Unidirectional Flushing near Bull Mountain Road
Kyle Arnhart, Senior Utility Worker in the city’s Water Division reports that they will be flushing on Monday and then for the next two weeks. You may see signs in your neighborhood saying crews are flushing. Flushing is a proven method that discharges a large volume of water through the main and out the hydrant. During flushing activities, water quality is disrupted due to scouring of pipes and the removal of sediments.

During flushing, it is possible you may receive discolored water. We ask customers to avoid using discolored water.  The water is safe from harmful bacteria, but unpleasant for consumption and use.  While it may not be visually appealing, it is safe to drink and continues to meet all federal and state drinking water standards. There are no health hazards associated with the discolored water. If you experience water quality problems lasting more than four hours following hydrant flushing, we want to know and provide immediate assistance. Contact the City of Tigard at 503-718-2591.

SW Wall Street Improvements Start
Beginning the week of March 19, 2018, the city’s contractor (Columbia Pacific) will begin reconstruction of SW Wall Street from Hunziker Road south to the existing railroad tracks.  This work is scheduled to be complete in August. Some traffic delays can be expected.  Access will be maintained to the existing businesses and Potso Dog Park during construction. What the contractor will be doing:

  • Reconstruction and widening of the existing road to meet city standards.
  • Placement of new underground utilities.
  • Construction of new sidewalks.

Questions? Contact City of Tigard staff: Andrew Newbury, Senior Project Engineer, Public Works Department at 503-718-2472 or andrewn@tigard-or.gov.

Leeding Lane Valve Installation
Beginning Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, city crews will begin excavating in preparation for work starting   the week of March 26. The city’s contractor (G & B Plumbing and Sons Inc.) will begin installing valves associated with upgrading the water pressure in this area. Water customers along Leeding Lane will be switched from pressure zone A to pressure zone B.  The city will need to install a pressure regulator valve (PRV) in order to provide better protection of household plumbing.

Leeding Lane Valve Installation

 

April 5, 2018

Tigard Egg Hunt Draws a Crowd
All told, over 740 children participated in the Egg Hunt at Cook Park on Saturday. Recreation staff estimate that about 2,500 people visited in the event. Participants were treated to demonstrations by summer camp partners Mad Science, Play Well (Legos), survival camp by Coyle Outside, Skyhawks, and Soccer Shots. In addition, the bunny and Parks & Rec bubble machine proved popular. Thank you to our sponsors Greenburg Pediatric Dentistry, Sport Clips and Value Village. 

Park and Recreation Advisory Board Seeks New Members
Are you interested in parks, open spaces and recreation in the Tigard area? If so, the Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) might be for you! The city is looking for Tigard residents interested in serving on the PRAB. The board advises the City Council on park and recreation planning, budgeting, facilities, programming and services. The PRAB meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Public Works Building, 8777 SW Burnham St., in Tigard. Members are appointed to 4-year terms through an application and interview process. Alternates are appointed for one year terms. For more information visit http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/volunteer.php

Open House for Bull Mountain Road Project is April 5
An open house for pedestrian improvements to Bull Mountain Road, between Nemarnik Drive and Grandview Lane, will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Mountainside High School, 12500 SW 175th Ave.  The open house, sponsored by Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT), provides the public with the opportunity to learn about design and construction schedules for a 5-foot sidewalk on the east side of Bull Mountain Road, between Nemarnik Drive and 155th Terrace, and on the north side of Bull Mountain Road, between 155th Terrace and Grandview Lane. Work is scheduled for August to November and is subject to change.

This $709,000 project is funded through the Urban Roads Maintenance Program (URMD).

For more information, visit the project website, or contact LUT Engineering and Construction Services Division at 503-846-7822 or lutproj@co.washington.or.us. For a sign or spoken language interpreter, please call 503-846-7800 (or 7-1-1 for Telecommunications Relay Service) at least 48 hours before this event.

VOTE for Summer Movies in the Park
Parks & Rec is asking the Tigard community to vote on the schedule for Movies in the Park this summer! Choices include:

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The Goonies              
  • Wonder Woman
  • Back to the Future
  • Captain Underpants
  • Frozen
  • Big Hero 6
  • Brave

If you're logged into Facebook you can vote here. Voting will close at noon on April 10.

April 12, 2018

Mini Public Works Day Leads to Excitement for May There were big smiles for a Mini Public Works Day at Tigard Playschool on Wednesday morning. Public Works staff Derek Johnson and Jacob Wattenbarger brought a “digger” and TV Van to demonstrate for the preschoolers. Join us for the main event! Public Works Day: Fun with Heavy Equipment | Saturday, May 19 from 1-3 p.m. | Tigard Public Library 

Streets Crew Work Appreciated at 98th and Summerfield The city received complaints about the speed of traffic along 98th Avenue (between Sattler and Durham) and some drivers not fully stopping for the stop signs on 98th Avenue at Summerfield Drive.  Our Engineering Division analysis indicated some of this might be due to the straight, wide character of 98th Avenue. On Monday, the Streets Crew took advantage of the nice weather to install bolt-down curbing with pylons and moved the southbound travel lane to create islands in the center of 98th Avenue. In addition, they installed stop signs in the center of the islands. The islands break up the long straight section of 98th, leading to lower driver speeds, and makes it abundantly clear that drivers need to stop at Summerfield Drive. In response, the city received the following note:

“Thank you to the City crew that completed the island on 98th & Summerfield Drive in one day! I have heard many positive comments from Summerfield residents. A big thank you from the Summerfield community!” Bob Van Vlack

Parks Division Describes Busy Week Parks Division staff were concerned that the high winds and heavy rains of last weekend would cause several trees to uproot from the saturated soils. Luckily, there was only one emergency tree issue in the Terrace Trails neighborhood that we responded to on Monday morning. Crews were able to take down a severely leaning tree before it damaged an adjacent house.  The soggy weather did cause the cancellation of opening day ceremonies for the Little League; we’re hoping for better weather for Little League and soccer activities this weekend.

ODOT Schedules Open House in Tigard about Tolls on I-5 and I-205 The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be holding a public open house to discuss the concept of congestion pricing (i.e. Tolls) on parts of I-5 and I-205. The open house is scheduled Wednesday, April 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Tigard Public Works Auditorium at 8777 SW Burnham Street. Comments can also be made via an online open house at:  http://openhouse.oregondot.org/congestion

The People Decide: Summer Movies in the Park Parks & Rec asked the Tigard community to vote on the schedule for Movies in the Park this summer. The results are in!

  • The Goonies (17%)
  • Back to the Future (17%)
  • Wonder Woman (15%)             
Contact
Tigard Public Works
8777 SW Burnham St.
Tigard, OR 97223
503-718-2591

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