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Traffic Advisory: Traffic Advisory Veterans Drive Lane Closure Scheduled January 8 – 10
From Tuesday, January 8, through Thursday, January 10, a contractor working with the City of Hillsboro Public Works Department will be planting new shrubs, digging large holes for amending soil and improving planting conditions, and removing perished shrubs along NE Veterans Drive.
What the Traveling Public Needs to Know
- Planting work is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, through Thursday, January 10, from 9 am to 3:30 pm each day (weather dependent).
- Safety is a top City priority. For the safety of work crews and the traveling public, the eastbound lane of Veterans Drive between NE 34th Avenue and NE Brookwood Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic each day from 9 am to 3:30 pm.
- The cycle track and sidewalks will remain open.
- Drivers may access the TriMet MAX station from NE 34th Avenue or may use NE Veterans Drive from NE 28th Avenue.
NE Veterans Drive is located between NE Brookwood Parkway and NE 28th Avenue, north of the MAX tracks, and south of the Washington County Fair Complex in northeast Hillsboro. This road provides important access to mass transit and the Hillsboro Airport, activities at the Fair Complex, and an alternative to Cornell Road, while also providing premier bicycling and pedestrian facilities.
The Public Works Department has taken steps to work toward long-term vegetation health in the project area by selecting drought-resistant species (Kinnikinnik and Creeping Broom) and working with adjacent property owners to develop a plan for ongoing vegetation maintenance.
In addition to these actions, compost will be added to the soil to improve the plant root environment by increasing water retention and infiltration, permeability, drainage, and aeration.
The City recommends the below actions members of the community can take to care for roadside vegetation adjacent to their property:
- Watering: As a general rule of thumb, for every one inch of trunk caliper (tree diameter), your tree needs five to 10 gallons of water; how often will depend on the maturity of the tree.
- Trimming: Trim vegetation and trees to allow an eight foot clear zone over entire width of sidewalks and a 15 foot clear zone over roadways.
- Mulching can benefit your trees and shrubs by reducing soil moisture loss, insulating soil which protects roots from extreme temperatures, and improving soil fertility as the mulch decomposes.
The City of Hillsboro thanks the community for their patience while this project is completed. Learn more about Hillsboro residents’ responsibilities for roadside vegetation maintenance beside their property.