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Volume 3, Issue 1


January 2005

Saltzman/Laidlaw intersection alignment studied

The first time you drive Saltzman Road northbound to Laidlaw, you get a roller-coaster rush as you round that first right turn, noticing the ground dropping away to the left of the road. As exciting as this may be, Washington County engineers would like to address the “substandard vertical and horizontal geometry” of this future “north-south collector.”

Anticipating growth in the area, (much of which is in the recent expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary) Washington County adopted an ordinance last October to study options for reconfiguring the Saltzman-Laidlaw intersection.

County engineer Greg Miller says, “This section of Saltzman is very narrow and steep in places. We plan to move it to the west so it is not so steep and crosses the creek in a better spot. This will also result in a more functional and safe intersection with Laidlaw. The detailed plans for how this will occur will be made as those properties west of Saltzman (as it now lies) develop.”

The study area (see map) extends north to the county line. The project will be funded from the Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) Next Steps program, which will provide $6,500,000 to design future improvements and acquire right-of-way. Saltzman Road will eventually be widened to include a center turn-lane. Additional improvements planned are: bike lanes, sidewalks, illumination, landscaping, as well as intersection and safety improvements.

More information can be found on the county's website at: www.co.washington.or.us/deptmts/lut/cap_proj/saltzman.htm


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