The Oregon Department of Transportation posted an online open house showcasing the state agency’s construction plans for Oregon in 2022. A number of projects will take place in the Highway 26 corridor and near Banks, but for Gales Creek, most major construction projects are just outside the Gales Creek Journal territory in and around Forest Grove. Here’s what’s coming.

One of the projects in Forest Grove expected this year, courtesy of Washington County LUT

The Oregon Department of Transportation posted an online open house showcasing the state agency’s construction plans for Oregon in 2022. A number of projects will take place in the Highway 26 corridor and near Banks, but for Gales Creek most major construction projects are just outside the Gales Creek Journal territory.

Here are the ones most likely to rumble the average Gales Creek commuter route.

The online Open Day can be viewed until February 1, 2022.

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A bridge replacement project on Stringtown Road less than a mile south of Gales Creek Road on Prickett Creek was scheduled for construction this summer. No more, says the county.

Already postponed from an original project date of summer 2019, hopes of building it this summer will not materialize. On November 16, 2021, the county added a note to the project website. “We have put the project design on hold until other project designs are completed.”

Construction is now scheduled for July to October 2023.

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Anyone heading to Forest Grove from Gales Creek will want to pay attention to the Proposed Gales Creek Road/Thatcher Road Intersection.

Scheduled to begin in May 2022 and complete in the summer of 2023, it is a major overhaul of the intersection.

The county will realign the intersection to improve sight distance, prepare the site for a planned traffic light – not part of this project – to be installed at a later date.

Another project in Forest Grove is the $10.2 million project Martin Road Project at Highway 47. Citing an increase in freight and commercial traffic, Washington County Land Use and Transportation plans to build a roundabout, widen the shoulders on Martin Road extending south to the new roundabout. Two culverts carrying Council Creek under Martin Road will also be replaced.

Work is expected to begin this spring, with some utility work expected this month. It should be finished this fall.

The cost of the project is split between the County Main Street Transportation Improvement Program and the City of Forest Grove.

Banks area

Read our story at the Banks Post for four projects coming to the Banks Region this year.

Other state and county roadworks and closures can be found at Tripcheck.com and wc-routes.com, respectively.


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