There are a couple of other minor transportation items as well.
|Five Crossing Safety Projects|
Project estimate is now at $380,000
If not, there's a pool of State/Federal money explicitly for non-auto-centric projects in the 2018-2021 cycle statewide. The City initially considered a bunch of project applications, including:
- Finishing up the east portion of the Union Street Bikeway
- The Hyacinth-Kroc Center Path
- Planning for a new riverfront path north of the Union Street Railroad Bridge on the east bank and north to Keizer
- The Second Street crossing under Wallace Road in West Salem
- Sidewalk infill on South Commercial
- New sidewalks and bike lanes on McGilchrist St SE between 12th and 25th.
The package of five safety crossings scored highest, and it alone of the four was recommended for advancement with a full application to ODOT.
The matter at Council authorizes the full application.
|The Winter-Maple Bikeway|
The other intersections are important for schools.
So this looks like a very fine project.
At this point in the process, projects are still competing for funding, and there are more projects in the application pool than ODOT thinks can be funded. In general, once projects get to this point, the City does a pretty good job with them, and while you don't want to assume anything, it would be surprising for this one to fall below the funding list. It looks solid.
(And again, for much more detail on the Enhance process, see here. For more on the Winter-Maple bike boulevard, see here.)
The City and PGE are renewed the electric utility franchise for another decade, and they've added a few new conditions. One especially interesting item is that
Where required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), PGE has agreed to make any necessary improvements resulting from their construction activities on existing City streets, sidewalks, or curbs.So it would seem that in 2005, when the last franchise agreement was extended and/or renegotiated, ADA compliance was not part of the deal. So it's good to see that incorporated now.
|McGilchrist at the SSA Office:|
40mph, no sidewalks - but watch out for pedestrians!
This week, staff sent a letter to property and business owners in the area of McGilchrist Street SE (from 12th Street to 25th Street) to let them know that survey crews, engineers, and environmental consultants would be in the area, preparing for the design of improvements to the McGilchrist Street corridor. The FY15-16 Urban Renewal Agency budget included funding for this initial design phase.That'll be nice. It's in an industrial area, and so it still probably won't be ideal for walking and biking, but this is also a place where freight movement likely remains primary, and the other things fit in around it. Still, with the Social Security Office, a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic, and the nascent brewery and tasting room cluster, there is a need to make sure that secondary doesn't mean second-class. Hopefully the 40mph limit will be reduced as well. (For more on the McGilchrist corridor see posts here.)
Finally, there's a new heritage tree, a large Deodar Cedar at 23rd and Hayden. Check it out next time you're out on a walk or ride!