Printed on Mar 26, 2015 @ 10:12 PM
For more information, those interested can contact Benton County Public Works at 541-766-6821.
53rd Street and West Intersection Improvements
This summer Benton County will be constructing a roundabout at the intersection of SW 53rd Street and West Hills Road, designed to improve safety at that junction. This project has been in the planning process since 2008.
Relocation of the utilities is almost completed, and the County has retained a contractor for the construction. Some construction is anticipated to start as early as March and continue through the summer.
Be on the lookout for detours and closures during construction. Here is information about how to navigate roundabouts for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists (Additional bicycle information coming soon)
Check out the mock roundabout, which is designed with the same dimensions as the one to be constructed, and try it out for yourself. The mock roundabout will be accessible from either entrance to the Fairgrounds’ gravel parking lot located off of Reservoir Road. This mockup is the same size as what will be constructed this summer; however, it will be on gravel, which will ride differently than a finished paved surface. The roundabout will be available during daylight hours from March 9th thru March 31st.
Tampico Road Widening
Winter and Summer of 2015, Benton County will be widening and hard surfacing the remaining gravel section of Tampico Road. Phase I is January 26th to February 28th and consists of the placement of asphalt grindings on the gravel section of Tampico Road between milepost 3.4 and the County line. Phase II will start in August with additional grinding placement and a chipseal between Wiles Road and the County line to finish the project.
South Fork Road East Bound Gravel Repair
South Fork Road is one lane of gravel in the east bound direction, at Mile Post 2.68, in South Benton County. A large tree falling has impacted the roadway, gravel repairs have been made and final surfacing will occur when weather permits.
Hubbard Bridge Closed
The county anticipates seeking grant funding from the state to replace the bridge. The next bridge grant cycle opens in April 2015. Repairs to the bridge would cost approximately $300,000 and would keep the bridge open for 5 to 10 years. Using the same amount as a match for Oregon Department of Transportation grant funding would enable enough money to replace the bridge, which would provide 60 to 75 years of use. The total cost of replacement is anticipated to be between $3 million and $4 million.
Nearby alternate route options are available by using Old River Road and Stow Pit Road. In the event of flooding on the alternative routes, in order to permit access in and out to area residents, the bridge will be reopened temporarily to passenger vehicle traffic as necessary.
Bailey Branch Railroad:
The Union Pacific Railroad has retained a private contractor to remove rail and ties to complete their abandonment of the line from approximately Greenberry Road to Monroe and Dawson. Benton County doesn’t have direct involvement in this work but as the owner of the right of way, we will strive to keep adjacent property owners informed of the work. If you have any question please contact the Public Works Department at 541-766-6821 and ask for Laurel Byer, Laurie Starha, or Joe Mardis.
The Environmental Issues Advisory Committee meets the 1st Thursday of each month, 12:00–1:30 pm, in the Avery Facility Large Conference Room and schedules at least one community forum per year.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November, 7–9 p.m. in the Avery Facility Large Conference Room and schedules at least one community forum per year.
The Road Advisory Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, in the Avery Facility Large Conference Room and schedules at least one community forum per year.
The Special Transportation Advisory Committee invites you to attend their meetings, which are held on the third Tuesday of each month. The meetings are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and are held in the Main Meeting Room of the Corvallis/Benton County Public Library located at 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR.
The mission of Benton County Public Works is to keep our community accessible, safe and environmentally responsible by meeting daily needs with efficient road and transportation systems, rural utility services, public facilities and land use services.