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Uma poses with another Sagert Street sidewalk artwork “Mammoths” by David Damian Jaimes.

TheTimes | November 12, 2019

Students create Sagert Street sidewalk artwork

The Sagert Street artwork includes the sun and moon, mammoths, a sugar skull and doves.

Those walking past Atfalati Park on Sagert Street, west of Wampanoag Drive, will now walk by some impressive community artwork permanently imprinted in the sidewalk.

The artwork is part of the traffic safety project tied to the city's bond-funded program, Tualatin Moving Forward, which included a new pedestrian-activated crossing at Sagert Street and Atfalati Park, as well as new sidewalks on the south side of Sagert Street.

"We wanted to find a way to involve the community in the project," Jeff Fuchs, Tualatin's public works director, said in a news release.

The artwork was selected through a contest involving dozens of community members over several months after entry forms were distributed to local public schools and at...

Press Release | October, 2019

Community Art Installed on Sagert Street Sidewalk

Uma poses with another Sagert Street sidewalk artwork “Mammoths” by David Damian Jaimes.

Walk past Atfalati Park on Sagert Street west of Wampanoag Drive and you will walk right over some really cool, community art that was permanently imprinted in the sidewalk in late September. The City was working on a traffic safety project through Tualatin Moving Forward, the City’s bond-funded program. The Sagert Street project included a new pedestrian-activated crossing at Sagert and Atfalati Park, as well as new sidewalks on the south side of Sagert. "We wanted to find a way to involve the community in the project," said Jeff Fuchs, Tualatin's Public Works Director.

The artwork, which includes mammoths, a sugar skull, doves, and a sun and moon, was selected through a contest involving dozens of community members over several months. Entry forms were distributed far and wide – in public schools and at the National Night Out event in August. Members of Tualatin's Diversity Task Force, and the Tualatin Art Committee reviewed the submissions and narrowed it to the four. "It was really hard to choose," said Betsy Ruef, Tualatin's Community Engagement Coordinator. "Everyone was so excited and happy to think that their art was going to be out on the sidewalk for all to see."

Four artists were selected from over 50 submissions and include students from Bridgeport Elementary School, Hazelbrook Middle School, and Tualatin High School. Winning artists and their images include:

  • Allison Craner – sun and moon
  • David Damian Jaimes – mammoths
  • Maya Payne – sugar skull
  • Arturo Villaseñor - doves

Once the art was selected, the Tualatin Public Library got involved, putting some of their high-tech makerspace equipment to work. Doug Boedenauer, a savvy Library employee used the Library's 3-D carving machine to make molds of the art. Once complete, the molds were used to set the artwork in concrete. "I've always wanted to put my handprints in wet concrete and this was sort of like that," said Doug. "It was really cool to use our equipment to take the community art and make it into a permanent part of the sidewalk."

“Doves” by student artist Arturo Villaseñor can be seen at the Sagert St/Wampanoag intersection.

Uma poses with another Sagert Street sidewalk artwork “Mammoths” by David Damian Jaimes.

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SherwoodGazette | September 1, 2019

Our Opinion: Get ready, because there's construction ahead

Work on Tualatin-Sherwood Road is sure to be a nuisance. But the payoff will last longer.

There's an old saying: Short-term pain for long-term gain.

Well, Washington County commuters, at long last, the county is closing in on a three-stage project to expand traffic capacity and improve safety on Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood and Roy Rogers roads.

Bringing what was a rural road connecting two backwater towns into the 21st century, in which it is very much a major commuter and freight route — a highway in all but name — has been a high priority for Washington County and the cities of Tualatin and Sherwood for years. But challenges and delays have put the work on hold until now.Read our story from Aug. 9, 2019, previewing an open house for Tualatin-Sherwood and Roy Rogers road improvements...

...There's plenty of smaller projects, too, including upcoming roadwork in neighboring Tualatin that's funded through the transportation bond city voters approved last year. That includes improvements to Tualatin-Sherwood Road out toward Interstate 5...

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TheTimes | August 13, 2019

Tualatin traffic bond projects move forward

Council members get tour of planned bond projects including adding a third lane to Tualatin-Sherwood Road.

Members of the Tualatin City Council got a glimpse of how the city's $20 million traffic improvement bond projects are progressing during a tour of upcoming/completed projects Monday evening.

Packing into a small tour bus at the Juanita Pohl Senior Center, councilors took a 1 ½ hour tour of various projects tied to the successful passage of the 2018 bond, which are part of what's known as the Tualatin Moving Forward program.

The first stop was the Nyberg Rivers shopping complex parking lot to view a project that will add an eastbound lane along...

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TheTimes | June 17, 2019

Got a traffic safety project costing under $100,000? Tualatin is all ears

Residents can submit projects online (the city has set aside a little more than $2 million) until June 30.

Have an idea for a street you would like see improved or a traffic safety issue you'd like addressed?

The City of Tualatin is looking for your suggestions as part of its citywide Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program.

The program is all part of Tualatin Moving Forward, the city's ambitious traffic and safety program designed to address traffic safety and roadway concerns. Funding the projects is the result of approval...

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WEA News & Notes | May 24, 2019

Westside mayors talk priorities at Breakfast Forum

It was the most mayors WEA has ever had on a forum stage - 11 Westside mayors showed the audience a lot of camaraderie yesterday.

Each mayor on the panel talked about his or her city's priorities.

A common theme among the panel was the need to have an inclusive city where everyone feels welcome.

Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax expressed concern over the 2020 Census and the possibility of it including a question regarding citizenship.

He stressed the importance of everyone being counted in the upcoming Census.

Mayor Jason Snider said Tigard has four vital signs, and the first one is Tigard is a city for everyone - Tigard recently appointed a youth representative to its City Council.

The other three vital signs include robust citizen involvement, transparency and accountability, and public safety.

In Tualatin, Mayor Frank Bubenik talked about his city's passage of a $20 million bond measure, Tualatin Moving Forward, which is now being used to provide traffic congestion relief, neighborhood safety, and infrastructure projects to help students get to school safely.

He also mentioned the Tualatin 2040 visioning, which takes into account housing and economic development data.

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TheTimes | November 27, 2018

Council approve contract to improve Garden Corner Curves

The Tualatin City Council has given the nod to hire an engineering firm for the project.

The Tualatin City Council is moving forward with plans to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities and safety as part of the Garden Corner Curves Project.

On Monday, the council approved a $611,000 resolution to award an engineering contract to Wallis Engineering to provide design, engineering, permitting and other services to connect the Ibach and Midwest neighborhoods.

Garden Corner Curves – generally considered to include 105th Avenue, Blake Street and 108th Avenue – is a narrow portion of roadway that has sight-distance safety issues and limited room for...

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TheTimes | September 20, 2018

Tualatin: Slow traffic = Fast track

Five projects, most containing pedestrian-activated signals, crosswalks and curbs, kick into high gear.

The city of Tualatin is moving ahead with several so-called "fast track" transportation projects, the result of a $20 million traffic improvement bond approved by voters last May.

While the total timeline of the bond project is three to five years, the fast track program doesn't involve major road projects. Rather, the focus is on addressing neighborhood safety, safe access to schools and congestion relief with projects that can be more quickly completed.

The first of what is known as the Tualatin Moving Forward program recently was completed and includes...

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Tualatin Life | September, 2018

Tualatin Transportation Fixes Get a Green Light

In May 2018, Tualatin voters approved a $20 million General Obligation bond measure to provide transportation improvements citywide. Thank you Tualatin voters for giving us this chance to take on our community's top issue - and make lasting improvements.

Tualatin Moving Forward will fund and construct more than 30 projects over the next 3 to 5 years, to relieve congestion and improve neighborhood traffic safety.

Five Fast-Track project are already...

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TheTimes | August 21, 2018

Bond sale means fast-track for some Tualatin road projects

Last spring, Tualatin voters approved the sale of $20 million in bonds to fund transportation improvements.

After Tualatin voters approved the sale of $20 million in general obligation bonds to fund transportation improvements citywide to relieve traffic congestion and improve neighborhood traffic safety and access to schools in May, those bonds have sold.

"Now, we can get started building these projects approved by voters," said Tualatin Public Works Director Jeff Fuchs. The first of those projects is expected to be completed before the end of 2019.

This year's fast-track project locations and...

The Regional Context:

What Tualatin Residents May Notice About Traffic Congestion

 
Traffic
Scorecard*

#
Most Congested Metro Area

Portland is the nation’s 40th largest – but #12 most congested metro area (of 297 metro cities)

#
Most Congested in North America

#13 in North America (319 cities) – more congested than any city in Mexico and every Canadian city except Montreal.

#
Most Congested in the World

#40 most congested in world (1,360 cities)

%

Portland area congestion is worst at peak commute hours, but now present at all times of day/week

Most Congested U.S. Cities**

  • 1 Honolulu
  • 2 Jacksonville
  • 3 San Diego
  • 4 Los Angeles
  • 5 Portland

* Source: INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, February 2018
** Source: WAZE Driver Satisfaction Index, December 2017

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