If you have been in downtown Tigard recently, you have likely noticed that construction is in full swing for the Main Street Green Street project. “I’m happy to report that construction is past the halfway mark,” said Andrew Newbury, principal engineer for the City of Tigard. New storm sewer and water main lines have been installed, and the contractor is currently working on street and sidewalk improvements along Main Street near Scoffins and the railroad tracks.
The current work is part of Phase 2 of the Main Street Green Street project to create a more vibrant and accessible downtown, easier for people to walk and more environmentally friendly. Phase 2 focuses on the northern half of Main Street, from Scoffins Street to the railroad tracks. Phase 1, completed in 2014, made similar improvements to the southern half of Main Street.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in late spring. Contractors are currently working primarily on street surface improvements: adding sidewalks and crosswalks, setting the street lights, repaving the street, and finishing landscaping, signs, and benches. A decorative crosswalk will be added at Main and Scoffins streets, similar in design to the crosswalk at Main and Tigard streets.
Traffic patterns and parking will be impacted during construction, but Main Street and downtown businesses remain open. “Our downtown businesses are vital partners in the Main Street Green Street construction. We want to make sure that people can still get to where they want to go,” said Newbury. Look for “open for business” signs directing people to parking, safe walking routes, and business entrances.
Visit tigard-or.gov/MSGS to get the most up-to-date information on construction impacts.