Tualatin-Sherwood Road RR Crossing

Current Activity - completed

Facebook album of project photos

8/23/15 9 p.m. update:

  • Paving and clean up completed.
  • Road reopened at 9 p.m.

8/23/15 5 p.m. update:

  • Pavement grinding completed.
  • Started paving the approaches to the new railroad crossing.

8/23/15 1:30 p.m. update:

  • Concrete panels are installed.
  • Grinding the pavement approaching the new crossing is in process.

8/23/15 9:30 a.m. update:

  • Installation of rail completed.
  • Concrete panels moved, ready to be installed.

8/22/15 9:30 p.m. update:

  • Installation of rail continues.
  • Next: install concrete panels, grind and pave approaches to crossing.

8/22/15 5 p.m. update:

  • Trench filled with rock.
  • New ties and rail placed.
  • Rail being adjusted.

8/22/15 noon update:

  • Rail bed excavation completed.
  • Asphalt base completed.
  • Adding rock on top of asphalt.

8/22/15 9 a.m. update:

  • Crews back onsite at daybreak.
  • Excavating rail bed.

8/21/15 10 p.m. update:

  • Asphalt and rubber panels removed.
  • Rail, plates and ties removed.

8/21/15 8 p.m. update:

  • The road closed at 7 p.m. as planned.
  • Removal of the old panels has started.

8/21/15 11 a.m. update:

  • Detour and project signs are installed and ready for implementation.
  • Traffic control crews will begin unveiling/turning signs in the early afternoon.
  • Timing of traffic signals at several intersections will be adjusted to maximize flow through the area.
  • The road closure is on track to begin at 7 p.m.
  • Equipment has been staged and is ready for use.
  • Preparatory work on the road and the rails has started.
  • Progress on the project will be reported throughout the weekend on Washington County Roads Twitter @washcoroads.

8/14/15 update:

  • The fire at the trestle just south of the crossing will NOT affect this project. The need for the replacement has not changed, and the schedule is still proceeding as originally planned.
  • A pre-construction meeting was held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Attendees included staff from Portland & Western Railroad, Washington County, the cities of Tualatin and Sherwood, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, as well as contractors.
  • The staking of the temporary sign locations began and a request is being prepared for the Oregon Utility Notification Center for underground utility locates.
  • The design of the track's vertical alignment is being finalized.
  • Pavement cutting work is scheduled to prepare for the weekend project. One-way traffic at the crossing will be controlled by flaggers on Tuesday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

8/7/15 update:

The following activities were completed:

  • Published media release.
  • Notified service providers of the closure (emergency services, schools, postal carriers, garbage service, utilities, etc.).
  • Provided road closure flyer to cities of Sherwood and Tualatin for distribution and posting in their communities.
  • Mailed over 2,000 post cards notifying nearby residents and businesses of upcoming road closure.
  • Posted closure on TripCheck website.
  • Finalized plans for work zone traffic control and detour routes (over 150 signs and 100 sign posts to be installed).
  • Verified availability of personnel, equipment, contractors, suppliers.
  • Finalized staging and task schedule.
  • Developed contingency plans.
  • Placed variable message boards on Tualatin-Sherwood Road and on Highway 99W, advising of upcoming road closure.

7/7/15 update:

Progress continues with general project planning.

  • The traffic control plan for the closure is being finalized.
  • Field verification of utility locations is complete.
  • Design of the track's vertical position is in progress. No substantial change to the track's location is planned, but consideration is being made for Tualatin-Sherwood Road's ultimate line and grade.

6/19/15 update:

County and railroad staff continue planning.

  • Work continues on refining plans for the detour route and work zone traffic control including sign selection, location and messaging. The cities of Sherwood and Tualatin support the proposed detour routes.
  • A staging plan is being developed to manage the work site during construction, ensuring that access is maintained for local businesses.
  • A detailed schedule of specific tasks and activities that will occur during the work is being developed by county and railroad staff.
  • Several underground utilities are located in the vicinity of the crossing. County staff is working with those utilities to avoid conflicts during the excavation phase of the project.
  • Materials for the crossing are on order and scheduled to be available well in advance of the closure.

5/22/15 update:

County and railroad personnel are developing the plans for the work including:

  • Acquiring materials.
  • Engineering the vertical position of the rails and panels.
  • Coordinating the work with the underground utilities.
  • Creating a traffic control and detour plan.
  • Developing a comprehensive communication plan.