Benton County, Oregon

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Welcome to Benton County Public Works

Current Projects & Road Conditions (Updated 3/4/15 at 4:00 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 is currently requesting bids from contractors 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. Information about how to navigate roundabouts for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists also will be forthcoming to assist with understanding how to use this traffic safety feature.

Benton County is hosting an Open House for the SW 53rd & West Hills roundabout construction project.
When: Thursday March 19, 2015  4:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Benton County Fairgrounds Auditorium 110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis Oregon


This is your chance to talk with us about construction timeframes, the project and roundabouts in general. Then you can 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.

SW 53rd Street and West Hills Road Intersection Improvements


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.

See how the County re-uses asphalt grindings to surface or restore base on County roadways.

 

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.

Winter Weather Safety and Tips

Even in the mild climate of the Willamette Valley, the area can be subject to difficult driving conditions due to snow, ice, flooding and other issues. Careful driving is of the utmost importance when navigating these situations. When driving conditions are treacherous, unless it is necessary to travel, people are advised to stay home or, if it is available, use mass transit such as the city bus service. But if it is necessary to drive, make sure vehicles are ready for the driving conditions. Benton County has a snow and ice policy that guides the prioritization of clearing county roads of snow and ice based on the amount of traffic and access concerns for emergency vehicles.

The Benton County Ice and Snow Control Operations plan abides by three main goals:
• provide county-wide access for emergency vehicles to as many routes as possible,
• maintain passable road conditions for school bus routes, and
• mitigate unsafe road conditions to the greatest extent possible.

Snow and Ice Removal Map (PDF)

Snow and Ice Removal Frequently Asked Questions

Snow and Ice Removal Policy (PDF)

Winter Driving Tips

Project Development

Resources and Publications

Upcoming Meetings

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.