August 2017 Project Updates
Location: Between SW 229th Avenue/SE 67th Avenue and Rosedale Road, south of TV Highway.
- Conduits are being installed in underground trenches. The plastic tubing will run electrical, cable, and phone lines into the Rosedale Parks property.
- Additional stone retaining walls were constructed.
- Century Road is carved out, and workers have begun to compact the road bed.
- Several fire hydrants are installed on site.
- Storm water pipes were delivered.
Location: Between SW Hagg Lane/SW Rosedale Road, west of SW 209th Ave
- An area of the property was dug out for the foundation of the onsite pump station.
- Workers are beginning to dig a main line for the pump station to access 209th Avenue.
- A construction road was carved out and graded to allow access for heavy machinery into the property.
- Local access streets are starting to be formed and compacted with gravel.
- Large gravel piles are present in the development to be laid for upcoming roads.
Location: Between SW 229th Ave/SW 209th Ave, south of TV Highway
- The intersection dividing Blanton West and East with Cornelius Path has been cut.
- A railroad crossing has been constructed at the intersection of Cornelius Pass and TV Highway.
- New signals have been installed at Cornelius Pass and TV Highway with new pavement striping to come.
- Storm water treatment systems are beginning to form to the sides of the road bed.
- The large piles of excess dirt onsite will be used for the base of the greenway and other open spaces.
- The greenway pond is prepared for hydro seeding.
- The road bed has been cut to connect the extended Cornelius Pass to 209th Ave.
May 2017 Open House
Keeping the community informed about activity in the South Hillsboro area was the focus of an open house meeting on Thursday, May 25, at Rosedale Elementary School.
About 80 attendees heard updates on four current or upcoming projects near the intersection of Cornelius Pass Road and TV Highway, and spoke one-on-one with knowledgeable staff from:
- The City of Hillsboro
- Planning Department
- Parks & Recreation Department
- Public Works Department
- Water Department
- Washington County
- Willamette Water Supply Program
- Hillsboro School District
- Other partners involved in ongoing construction activity in South Hillsboro
Q & A: Hillsboro's "Dig Once" Strategy for High-Speed Internet Access
Okay. What does that mean?
Read our Q & A to get answers to key questions.
Why does the City need to establish a communications utility?
The code amendment enables the City to coordinate with public utilities and housing developers to ensure the installation of fiber network infrastructure — conduit, or pipe — whenever they build new roads or dig up existing roads to install new utility infrastructure.
What exactly does it mean to install conduit?
Conduit is a pipe that can hold utility cables — in this case, fiber optic cable. It's much more cost effective and efficient to install the pipe whenever a utility or developer digs into streets or sidewalks (that's the "dig once" strategy). It’s a pathway for the future.
Why is the City of Hillsboro looking at access to high-speed internet?
The internet is an essential utility — like water and electricity — and a prerequisite to enjoying a higher quality of life. The City of Hillsboro recognizes the importance of ensuring all residents, employers, and schools have affordable, high-speed broadband access.
But Hillsboro has talked about this before, so why is this coming up again now?
Hillsboro is a forward-thinking leader in planning for the long term. In 2014, City staff began researching options for ensuring equitable internet access for the Hillsboro community. Now, in 2018, the opportunity to “dig once” in neighborhoods such as South Hillsboro and beyond is timely. With the utility in place, we would coordinate the installation of conduit whenever the ground is open, which saves money and prevents the need to dig up roads and sidewalks later.
Does that mean the City is going to provide internet access to homes in the future?
The City has not made a commitment to providing internet access to homes in South Hillsboro or elsewhere. The proposed code amendment would support a basic investment in infrastructure that gives the City a service option for the future.
Who is paying for this fiber network infrastructure?
Developers pay fees to support transportation infrastructure. A portion of that covers costs related to the installation of conduit, with the understanding that the "dig once" strategy will lengthen the life of our roads and sidewalks.
Does the City have any experience with fiber networks?
Fiber networks already support City services. Over time, the City has invested in expanding a City-owned fiber network that connects local governments, provides connectivity to schools, and supports the traffic system. This network could be used to provide internet services in new housing developments and existing homes and businesses, too.
If you install conduit, is there any other use for it than providing internet access?
This investment in connectivity in South Hillsboro and other neighborhoods creates a significant asset that will retain its financial value. What's more, the infrastructure will be capable of providing services that will develop through technological advances we can’t foresee yet.