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Old 05-16-2012, 12:37 PM
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Hal Ballard
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Hi Jim,

Thank you for the graphic and factual detail about this ongoing problem. It is always of concern and frustratingly confusing to address. To elevate the "existing drains to the new surface level" as you mention is more than just pouring concrete. I'll defer to those others on the list who are more knowledgeable than I on the subject.

While it may be regulation that drains be treated as you suggest, what goes on the ground project-by-project may be different than what is written in the code. Costs and other mitigating factors also come into play.

There are several ways to address your concerns that can have both immediate and long term results:
1. When you ride your bike, ride closer to the white stripe. You are more in the line of sight of motorists and, when I use you as an example on visibility in some of my storytelling, I call you Mr. Reflector! Storm grates aside, glass, lead pieces from wheel balancing, rock and other debris rolls or is windswept by traffic toward the curb.
2. Keep documenting your discoveries and in your communication to officials propose some solutions. One example is to ask that they direct project managers or contractor to at least smooth out the lip where asphalt meets concrete. That particular drop-off you show in your second picture would take the ablest cyclist pedestrian or runner who came across it.
3. Advocate locally like we do. Talk to local transportation committees, and commissions, CPOs, city council and county commission meetings. On the 1st Monday of each month, the Washington County Coordinating Committee meets at the Beaverton Library. Here is a captive audience if you ever wanted one. Each city in the county is represented on the committee with the Mayor of each as members. Each meeting consists of a time for the public to make comment. Put your case together, with handouts if necessary, and ask what the process for following up on your concerns are and how you can facilitate them.
You can be a strong advocate for cycling in Washington County, Jim. I say all this to encourage you in your efforts to bring change down to the pavement level.

Inside pedal up!

Hal
Shelley Oylear
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K'Tesh,
I have spoken with operations about the markings and we agree that it would be a useful interim treatment but the real solution is to address the situation. To that end there are two things that we have identified. First, to refresh or remind contractors, operators, and inspectors–that as overlays are scheduled that they need to pay attention to the catch basins and determine if they need to be raised prior to the overlay. They also need to be alert to the quality of work around the catch basins. With this step we hope not to create more issues. The second point is to address existing locations where there are problems. The challenge is a) identifying these locations and b)figuring out which entity (city, county, clean water services, private development contractor) should take responsibility for the fix, scheduling to get it done, and following up to make sure that it’s completed. We are improving our interagency coordination but we need help from cyclists out there to identify where the locations are that need attention by reporting them on http://www.wc-roads.com/ .

Shelley Oylear
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
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