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Tuality Healthcare to begin work on planned closure of 8th Avenue

September 01, 2011

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

Tuality Healthcare will begin work on Tuesday, Sept. 6 on the closure of 8th Avenue between Baseline and Oak streets in Hillsboro following approval from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The closure will affect Tuality employees and patients, customers and students who visit the Tuality Healthcare campus.

 

The city of Hillsboro has already granted Tuality ownership of the street. ODOT approval means the project can proceed. The street closure will create a more appealing campus setting for the area between the Tuality Community Hospital building and the Tuality Health Education Center and Tuality 7th Avenue Medical Plaza.

 

“We appreciate the support of the City of Hillsboro and ODOT as we move forward with this important piece of our campus development plan,” said Steve Krautscheid, Tuality’s director of Facilities and Properties.  “The campus will be safer for pedestrians crossing 8th Avenue to and from the hospital and it prepares us for future expansion of Tuality Community Hospital.”

 

When the closure of 8th Avenue is completed, Tuality employees, and patients and area residents, will see the following changes:

  • The entrance to 8th Avenue from Oak Street will no longer exist.  The curb will be continuous across 8th Avenue and a new entrance to the Tuality Parking Structure will be created from Oak Street between the 8th Avenue Medical Plaza and the Tuality Parking Structure.
  •  Expanded ADA/Handicap parking near the main hospital.  Patients can continue to be dropped off and picked up at the main and emergency department entrances.
  • Traffic in the physician parking lot on the south side of the hospital building will become one-way, entering from 8th Avenue and exiting onto 7th Avenue.
  • To allow for adequate fire department access in an emergency, the mobile PET scan trailer and the Mobile Mammography van are no longer parked in the middle of the physician parking lot. Instead, they are parked along the north curb in the same area to allow better access for emergency vehicles.
  • The mid-block crosswalk on 8th Avenue between the hospital and the Tuality Health Education Center will be re-built to meet City of Hillsboro requirements.