SW 121st Avenue: Improvements for Walking & Biking

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Tigard and Washington County have partnered to bring new sidewalks, bikelanes, lighting and drainage facilities to SW 121st Avenue between Tippitt Place and Whistlers Loop.

Why is this project needed?

SW 121st Avenue, between Tippitt Place and Whistlers Loop in the city of Tigard, has two travel lanes, limited street lighting, no bikelanes, intermittent sidewalks and inadequate drainage facilities. This section of 121st Avenue is adjacent to densely populated residential neighborhoods.

What is the solution?

This project will improve safety and traffic flow on 121st Avenue with:

  • Continuous sidewalks
  • Bicycle facilities
  • Street lighting
  • Drainage facilities

The city will install a 24-inch water main as part of this project. This coordination will lower the cost of the water project and minimize road and traffic impacts.

Tigard and Washington County have partnered to bring new sidewalks, bikelanes, lighting and drainage facilities to SW 121st Avenue between Tippitt Place and Whistlers Loop.

Why is this project needed?

SW 121st Avenue, between Tippitt Place and Whistlers Loop in the city of Tigard, has two travel lanes, limited street lighting, no bikelanes, intermittent sidewalks and inadequate drainage facilities. This section of 121st Avenue is adjacent to densely populated residential neighborhoods.

What is the solution?

This project will improve safety and traffic flow on 121st Avenue with:

  • Continuous sidewalks
  • Bicycle facilities
  • Street lighting
  • Drainage facilities

The city will install a 24-inch water main as part of this project. This coordination will lower the cost of the water project and minimize road and traffic impacts.

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    No new car lanes. There has been no center lane here for 30+ years and nothing has happened. Cars move freely. We don't need a new Walnut going through our neighborhood and diving the area. 2 lanes of traffic are easy for young, under 12yo pedestrians and over 70yo pedestrians to cross. 3 lanes make young and older nervous. Please add sidewalks, street trees, and protected bike lanes. Narrow travel lanes, 10ft, encourage drivers to drive with care. My family is currently afraid to cross 121st where it is 3 lanes. Drivers go very fast around the bend. There are no marked crosswalks anywhere. It is easy to cross 2 lanes of traffic. 3 feels like a game of life and death frogger. Please include marked crosswalks in all designs especially at SW Fonner (which leads to trails), and SW Howard. Consider elevated crossings to improve pedestrian safety like you have done at 115th. Pedestrians will only go 300ft at most to a marked crosswalk and this is a fully developed neighborhood. I watch kids bike to the middle school here and people walk on the street. I worry what will happen if a distracted driver is behind the wheel.

    Brandon J. asked about 1 year ago

    The project purpose is to provide safe access for all modes of traffic including 11-foot travel lanes, 6-foot bike lanes, and 6-foot wide sidewalks.  The project is evaluating marked crosswalks at the Howard/121ST and Fonner/121st intersections.

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    Will the project add a center turn lane and overall widen out the roadway section? Is another goal of this project to facilitate increase in car and truck traffic? Does the City even intend to enforce the truck weight limit on 121st to make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists?

    Al Peck asked about 1 year ago

    Center turn lanes will not be included with this project. 

    The project purpose is to provide safe access for all modes of traffic.

    Tigard PD will make every effort to enforce any truck weight limit restrictions when we can. This concern was passed to our three motor officers to keep in mind as they are working on other traffic concerns around the city. You can also report safety issues directly using the Traffic Safety Concern Reporter found here: https://www.tigard-or.gov/help_me_to/my_tigard_reporter.php


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    Will the utilities (elec. phone, etc) be underground ? Will a center turning lane be necessart

    jim asked 10 months ago

    Overhead utilities will not be undergrounded.  Only street lighting will be undergrounded.  Center turn lanes will not be included with this project. 


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    what days and time of day will the construction work expect to occur. Because this is occurring during summer in a heavily populated residential area what precautions will be taken to limit dust and debris? To allow for access to neighborhoods? And ability to utilize 121st on bike or on foot in this area during construction?

    James St Questions asked 9 months ago

    The project bid and start dates have yet to be determined, however this project is planned for construction in 2021. A roadway project like this can be constructed in one 7-month construction period. The work will take place during daytime work hours. 

    The contractor will be responsible to provide dust control and manage the work area. 

    Roads are not expected to be closed to access.  However, one end of a looped road may be closed for limited duration to allow for construction across the intersections.

    Staging will be developed to provide the best access possible for all modes of traffic including providing alternate pedestrian routes during construction. Staging of construction will make this difficult since there are currently not bike lanes and sidewalks throughout. 




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    How will the survey work affect my property?

    about 1 year ago

    Survey work will start the week of April 1st and is expected to last six weeks. Surveyors from WHPacific will be in the filed gathering information about existing features such as utilities, fences, lights, storm drainage structures, culverts, roof drains, valves, landscaping, driveways, buildings, walks, signs and striping. This work will take place along the project corridor a distance of up to 50 feet from the edge of the right-of-way. 

    Property owners are asked to please ensure that any survey stakes and flags are protected, as they will be used until the construction is complete. Survey crews will occasionally enter private property in the vicinity of the project. 

    After the project survey is complete, a copy of the survey can be provided upon request. 

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    How can I be involved?

    about 1 year ago

    Two open houses are anticipated during the project design phase; dates to be determined. An open house to meet the contractor will be hosted prior to construction. Sign up to receive project updates and open house announcements.