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: Note new schedule: Construct late spring 2018 to fall 2018
  • 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 for water quality.

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

There will be lane closures and one-way traffic during construction. Check back this summer for more details.

Public Involvement

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.

The most recent open house was in July 2016, when the latest project designs were shared. Here is the presentation from the most recent open house. Some of the dates have been 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, other utilities are moving their lines to the new poles.


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