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Public Works Update

Updated: 10/15/18
Here is a summary of the work happening in Public Works.  Please feel free to contact Heather Coston, community engagement coordinator, with any questions.

Volunteer Service Award goes to Friends of Bull Mountain Park
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Association named The Friends of Bull Mountain Park as this year’s recipient of the Volunteer Service Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding parks and recreation projects and partners. Representatives from the group will join city staff at the awards ceremony in November. Read more...

Cook Park Construction Begins This Month to Replace Aging Water Pipes
A portion of Clean Water Services’ West Durham Basin Improvement Program will take place at Cook Park beginning this month. The project will replace aging pipes that control water flow with larger, more resilient pipes and upgrade a pipeline that will improve wastewater capacity through 2040. Residents and park users can expect truck traffic, trail closures and detours through April 2019. Here's more information about the project.

Water pipes are keeping utility crews busy around the city
A recent series of broken pipes have been sending utility crews out to make repairs and keep the city’s water flowing. A cracked pipe on Village Glenn Drive dispatched staff to a 3 a.m. repair to a six-inch cast iron waterline. If you notice a problem with a water pipe, or any other public works issue, please let the city know by submitting a work request. If it is an urgent issue, please call 503-718-2591, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For issues that happen after-hours, dial 503-639-1554. 

August 2, 2018

Back-to-the-Future - Cook ParkMovies in the Park:
Great Scott! “Back to the Future” 
Cook Park | Friday, August 3

Come to Cook Park on Friday, Aug. 3 to watch “Back to the Future,” a time-traveling, comedy adventure. Come early to hang out with Tigard Parks & Rec to play games for added fun. Movies are FREE and start at dusk. Remember to bring blankets, lawn chairs, flashlights and friends! Thank you to our sponsor SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin. For more information visit www.tigard-or.gov/recreation.


New nature play and community space coming soon to Dirksen Nature Park
Construction is scheduled to begin next week on new and exciting features at Dirksen Nature Park. A stone and timber framed shelter with undercover picnicking and restrooms will be located between two new nature play areas. This will serve as the central hub for the nature park, and connect to the Fanno Creek Trail. The trail will be closed during the project. Trail users will detour on soft-surface trail through the park during construction.

The nature play areas will include timber structures and climbing features for children of all ages to enjoy. The trail will be closed from August to October. Learn more about the park improvements


Kudos from the public on paving results
Paving comment from Tigard citizenSummer is the best time of year for paving roads, and people of all ages appreciate the smooth, fresh surface on Tigard’s streets. “Our kids will enjoy biking and skating down the road” praises local resident, Aaron Geist. 

City staff develop a paving program every year and send notices to thousands of residents. For more information, and to view an interactive map of the paving locations visit http://www.tigard-or.gov/paving_faqs/ 

 

August 8, 2018

Hey Tigard - Let's Talk 
Whether you grew up here or moved here last year, Tigard is a destination for people wanting to live, work and play in a city where they can connect with nature and each other.To protect our quality of life and reach our vision to become the most walkable, vibrant community in the Pacific Northwest, important choices need to be made about how we connect to the region, plan for growth, embrace our diversity and preserve our urban playground.

We can’t make these decisions without you. That’s why the city has launched an exciting, online engagement tool to make it easier for you to have a voice in how we grow from here. 

Visit www.engage.tigard-or.gov to sign up and answer questions about:

  • How the city should prioritize funds for the Parks and Recreation Program,
  • What type of housing options you want to see in the city, and
  • Share your cultural story for a chance to be included in Tigard’s Outdoor Museum.

Fun video to learn more about the city’s slurry seal project 
The major summer paving and slurry seal projects have been completed. Tigard’s Streets Crew resurfaced 22 miles of streets – about 15 percent of Tigard’s street network. Watch this fun video to learn more about how the slurry seal process keeps the city’s streets safe and saves residents money.  

Disasters Happen: Prepare Now, Learn How
September is National Preparedness Month, and the city wants to help residents stay safe in an emergency by being prepared. Watch for weekly updates about things you can do to plan for the unexpected and protect your family and community. For more information visit, www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/emergency

Replacement hydro-vacuum truck will help keep drinking water safe and sewage moving
To help the city’s water department keep pipes clean and free of debris, the Tigard City Council approved the purchase of a combination hydro-vacuum truck to replace an older model. 

This is an important piece of equipment for the water department because it uses high-pressure water jetting to scour pipes clean and vacuums up the material causing blockages in the city’s sewer flow.

The hydro-vacuum is also used to remove materials washed over the city’s streets when it rains, and into catch basins. This helps protect Tigard’s water quality and fish habitat from oil, bacteria and sediment that cause pollution.

The new hydro-vacuum truck is necessary because the current truck has aged and is no longer reliable to keep the streets and water safe during heavy storms and winter conditions. The decision to purchase the truck was primarily based on the need to keep the community’s drinking water safe and sewer system performing. But a priority for the city is to spend public funds wisely. This investment replaces an older model that is costing almost more than it is worth to repair.

The older truck will be retired to light-duty activities like hydro-excavation projects. To learn more about how the city is keeps your drinking water clean and safe visit, http://www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/water.php.

Kudos for bike lanes on Greenburg Road    
Kudos to Mike McCarthy, senior project engineer, for helping make Tigard’s streets safe for cars and bike commuters. “Many thanks to the addition of the bike lanes on Greenburg after the repaving project. I ride this most days of the week and it is much safer. My helmets off to the ones responsible. THANK YOU ALL!”

Contact
Tigard Public Works
8777 SW Burnham St.
Tigard, OR 97223
503-718-2591

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

After-Hours Emergency
To report water, stormwater, sewer, street or park emergencies outside regular business hours, contact the after-hours answering service at 503-639-1554.
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