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Safer Driving in Hillsboro: Planners Aim to Manage Traffic
The average commuter spent 52 hours in traffic last year.
Did you know…the average commuter in the Portland metro area spent 52 hours stuck in traffic in 2014?
That’s more than two days of your life.
Since 1982, the amount of time you and other drivers spend in traffic has more than doubled. But what to do about it?
1,300 comments about transportation
Last summer, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians shared their thoughts about where transportation in Hillsboro needs more attention — posting more than 1,300 comments in the City's online tool. As part of Hillsboro's Transportation System Plan (TSP) update, City planners are analyzing the comments.
One conclusion: Hillsboro drivers are feeling the strain getting to and from work.
Almost half of the comments focused on driving, with 16 percent talking about how traffic congestion is increasing. Commenters said they would like many of the City’s major roads and intersections — including Cornell Road, Brookwood Parkway, Century Boulevard, and TV Highway — to see more love.
Where improvements are needed most
City of Hillsboro planners learned another key lesson during the first phase of TSP outreach. Groups such as youth, seniors, low-income families, people with disabilities, people of color, and people with limited English proficiency are more likely to experience transportation issues as they get around town. One example: TV Highway, Hillsboro’s highest-crash corridor, runs next to where most of the City's transportation-disadvantaged residents live.
The proposed Road Master Plan portion of the TSP update includes improvements to enhance route connectivity, traffic flow, and safety. New roads will connect growth areas like the North Hillsboro Industrial Area and South Hillsboro.
Planned connections — such as the extension of Century Boulevard across East Main Street and Highway 26, and of NE Veterans Drive to NE Belknap Court — will create alternatives to existing congested roads. Some roads will be widened to increase continuity and capacity, while others will gain a center-turn lane to help reduce crashes.
Adding your comments
To learn more and share your thoughts about the driving improvements proposed in the TSP update, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/TSP.