May 17, 2017

Beaver Creek currently passes through an outdated fish ladder under Stark Street.
Improvements are coming to SE Stark Street near Mt. Hood Community College, starting this summer. The first project will improve habitat for salmon and other fish in Beaver Creek, which flows under Stark Street.  Construction will require a closure of the road this summer, starting in mid June.

This summer the culvert that carries Beaver Creek will be replaced with a longer culvert that will match the future width of Stark Street. The widening project -- scheduled sometime between 2019-2021 -- will add sidewalks and bike lanes to Stark Street by the college. The road widening project will have fewer traffic impacts than the work this summer.

A 500-foot section of the road will be closed for four to six months this year while the old culvert is removed and the new culvert is installed and the road above it replaced. 

SE Cochran Road/NE 17th will serve as the vehicle detour and SW Corbeth Lane will serve as the pedestrian and bicycle detour during the closure.  Access to the college and local homes and businesses will be maintained, but trips may take longer due to the detours.

Two Outreach Events on Saturday, May 20

  • County staff will provide a project update at the Skyland Pub on Saturday, May 20 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  The pub is at 3175 South Troutdale Road, near the project site.  The event is free and open to everyone 21 and older.
  • From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, project team members will staff a booth at the Gresham Saturday Market located in the Mt. Hood Community College parking lot. This event is free and open to all ages.

The project website is: For more information, contact project manager Sara Jeffrey, 503-988-0215,

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Map of Stark Street culvert replacement project area