Arata Road will be improved from NE 223rd Ave. to NE 238th Drive

Project Information

  • Location: NE Arata Road between NE 223rd and 238th, in Wood Village
  • Schedule:  Construct late spring 2018 to late 2018
  • Contractor: Wildish Standard Paving
  • Estimated Cost: $4.5 million
  • Funding Source: Two federal sources and County General Roadway Funds

Project Description

The project includes a complete streetscape between NE 223rd Ave and NE 238th Drive including a 6-foot sidewalk on the south side and a 10-foot wide concrete shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists on the north side. The project will also enhance the existing asphalt paved path connecting the intersection of Arata Road and Wood Village Blvd. to Halsey Street by widening and adding lighting. The project also includes a 5-foot planter to treat storm water runoff. The design is shown in the graphic below.

Cross section design for NE Arata Road

Funding for the project comes from multiple federal grant sources including $1.67 million from Regional Flexible Funds awarded by Metro and $2.1 million allocated from the State of Oregon’s Flexible Funds.

Traffic Impacts

Arata Road will remain open during construction but there will be lane closures and one-way traffic during construction.  The tentative plan is for traffic to flow one-way eastbound from Wood Village Blvd. to NE 238th Drive and one way westbound from Wood Village Blvd. to NE 223rd Ave. The traffic plan will be confirmed by the contractor prior to construction. 

Access will be maintained for residents, businesses and organizations along Arata Road, including mail delivery, garbage collection, and emergency vehicle access.  During work at driveways, there will be brief access delays, with prior notice.

Public Involvement

A pre-construction public meeting was held on Monday, February 26 at Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 NE Arata Road. Attendees viewed a drawing of the design and asked the project team about construction issues.  Information shared at the meeting is included on this web page. 

The Arata Road Active Transportation Project stems from the Arata Road Conceptual Design Plan developed in 2008 in partnership with the City of Wood Village. 

Arata Road has long been identified as a substandard street with safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as drainage issues. The county held several open houses to collect input on the design from community members, including local residents, members of churches in the area, and visitors to nearby shopping destinations. 

County staff have solicited public input on improvements for Arata Road since 2008. Outreach has included three open houses, regular check-ins with the county’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee, and outreach at the Wood Village Night Out.

An open house was held in July 2016, when the latest project designs were shared. Here is the presentation from the 2016 open house. Some project dates have changed since 2016.

What’s Been Done Already

In February 2017, contractors removed trees from the work area. They were removed early in order to avoid conflict with bird nesting season.

Portland General Electric (PGE) moved their utility poles in March-April 2017. In May 2017 other utilities moved their lines to the new poles.  In February 2018, natural gas lines under Arata Road were relocated.

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