Fanno Creek Trail Crossing at Scholls Ferry Road

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Next Steps

The Scholls Ferry Crossing engineering study is complete and supports the vision of the community. Tualatin Hills Park and Rec District (THPRD) continues to partner with other agencies to seek grant funding, but have not found a compatible source yet. See the latest update from Clean Water Services.




Thank You

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fanno Creek Trail Crossing at Scholls Ferry Road virtual open house! The high level of community interest in finding solutions to deal with the frequent flooding of the trail was clear from the 533 surveys received. A majority of people supported the proposed at-grade pedestrian crossing. View the Results


Gracias a todos los que participaron en la jornada de puertas abiertas virtual de Fanno Creek Trail Crossing en Scholls Ferry Road. El alto nivel de interés de la comunidad en encontrar soluciones para lidiar con las frecuentes inundaciones del sendero quedó claro en las 533 encuestas recibidas. La mayoría de la gente apoyó el paso de peatones propuesto. Haga clic aquí para ver los resultados







Next Steps

The Scholls Ferry Crossing engineering study is complete and supports the vision of the community. Tualatin Hills Park and Rec District (THPRD) continues to partner with other agencies to seek grant funding, but have not found a compatible source yet. See the latest update from Clean Water Services.




Thank You

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fanno Creek Trail Crossing at Scholls Ferry Road virtual open house! The high level of community interest in finding solutions to deal with the frequent flooding of the trail was clear from the 533 surveys received. A majority of people supported the proposed at-grade pedestrian crossing. View the Results


Gracias a todos los que participaron en la jornada de puertas abiertas virtual de Fanno Creek Trail Crossing en Scholls Ferry Road. El alto nivel de interés de la comunidad en encontrar soluciones para lidiar con las frecuentes inundaciones del sendero quedó claro en las 533 encuestas recibidas. La mayoría de la gente apoyó el paso de peatones propuesto. Haga clic aquí para ver los resultados





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    Has the idea of diverting water from the under pass area been considered?

    Dave asked over 3 years ago

    More specifics are required to adequately address this question but if the question is regarding diverting Fanno Creek to another location the answer is that our multiagency team has not considered diverting Fanno Creek from the underpass.

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    Thank you for addressing this perpetual issue. Much appreciated. I frequently use this trail. I am curious as to the root cause of why it floods there and in other places on the Beaverton side? I have seen it flooded even when we have had relatively long dry spells.

    K7 asked over 3 years ago

    The primary reason for the flooding is that the trail was constructed in the lower portion of the Fanno Creek watershed, within an active floodplain that has been highly urbanized, meaning more water runs off of paved surfaces and rooftops and into the creek instead of soaking into the ground. The recent restoration activity, that has created wildlife habitat and enhanced the water quality of Fanno Creek, has also led to an increase in beaver activity. The beavers have constructed dams in several locations that further enhance water quality and wildlife habitat but also serve to push water from Fanno Creek up and onto the floodplain thus flooding the trails.

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    I noticed that the proposed solution was a regular traffic signal. What about using a HAWK signal like what is on Hall Blvd, further up the Fanno Creek Trail? That would seem to move traffic better.

    RJR asked over 3 years ago

    A Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB, previously know as High-intensity Activated crosswalk (HAWK) signal) was not considered as an alternative to the pedestrian signal primarily because they are currently not allowed on Washington County Facilities. Scholls Ferry Road is a Washington County facility and Hall Boulevard is a City of Beaverton facility.

    Thank you for your question. 

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    What are you doing about beavers destroying the park?

    marissa asked over 3 years ago

    People have a variety of reactions to the beavers ranging from wow-cool, to get rid of those things. There is no practical way to relocate the beavers; there are so many beavers in Washington County that if we remove some, more will come in their place. THPRD’s practice it to learn to coexist with beaver. In some cases that may mean closing trails, in other cases it may lead to staff modifying dams or fencing habitat areas to deter beaver activity.

    Staff have installed multiple flow devices in the stream to assist with water level management, which are regularly maintained but will not keep the path dry at all times. Sediment, a normal part of what flows in the stream, should be expected to accumulate on the trail after high water events. Sometimes the trail will be muddy as a result.

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    Why is Greenway Park is underwater?

    marissa asked over 3 years ago

    The entire park is in a floodplain, so when water levels in the creek rise, they spread across the property. While this may be surprising to visitors, the park serves to improve water quality and lessen flooding of homes and businesses. The flooding usually lasts just a few hours or days at the most, then recedes. Flooding occurs multiple times each year and has happened before the beavers arrived and prior to the re-meandering of the creek in the center of the park. Beavers in and outside of the park have ponded water onto some trails.

Page last updated: 28 Jul 2022, 02:00 PM