Hillsboro opts for 2-way downtown streets

Lawsuit filed that may block the plan

An artist rendering of how downtown Hillsboro would look with 2-way streets, Jan. 5, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
An artist rendering of how downtown Hillsboro would look with 2-way streets, Jan. 5, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Hillsboro Pharmacy and Fountain has served up shakes and filled prescriptions for more than a century. But there’s been plenty of change in front of the store.

The one-way street was once a two-way. Now, the Hillsboro City Council voted to change it back.

Downtown Hillsboro is converting to 2-way streets, Jan. 5, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Downtown Hillsboro is converting to 2-way streets, Jan. 5, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

Pharmacy owner Doug Johnson believes making the two lanes one-way in each direction will help downtown businesses grow. The move is a trend around the country and in Oregon.

The idea is to slow the traffic to entice more shoppers onto downtown streets rather than have the roads be commuter throughfares.

But not everyone supports this change.

Some nearby homeowners told KOIN 6 News they worry their narrow one-way side streets will turn into raceways.

That’s why they will attend the city’s open house Wednesday night to learn more about the plans. Even though the conversion is expected to be done by Summer 2016, there are possible roadblocks.

A lawsuit was just filed against the city of Hillsboro to try and block this change. The mayor was the tie-breaker in a 3-3 vote, and the suit claims his vote didn’t count.

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