Project permitting, however, has not progressed at the rate anticipated in the June 2013 schedule. Several federal, state, and local approvals are required for the Project, including permits from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Highway Administration. These approvals are required before the City can advertise for and select a contractor to begin construction work. To date, 14 of the 15 necessary permits and approvals have been received. The remaining permit, from the U.S. Coast Guard, is expected by early August. This is too late to allow for construction to occur during the allowable in-water work period for 2014. The City will determine the exact bid schedule when the U.S. Coast Guard permit is received. More competitive pricing from construction contractors is expected if the City advertises for construction bids in the final quarter of 2014....
Construction activity in and around Riverfront Park is unlikely to begin until the spring and summer of 2015. Completion of the Project is not likely until 2016. More details regarding the overall construction schedule will be available once a construction contractor is selected. The contractor will present a preferred construction approach that will address the complexity of constructing over 5,000 feet of pathways and a new bridge over a navigable waterway. The contractor approach and schedule will be impacted by federal limitations on construction activity in major waterways and wetlands. Construction in and around the Willamette Slough is allowed only from June 1 -October 30.
A year and a half ago or so, there was a rumor about the prospect of a traffic circle at the triangular intersection of Liberty/High/Broadway. Contracts hadn't been awarded yet and folks weren't able formally to confirm anything.
At Council is a report about declaring a need for right-of-way at the intersection, and it looks like the traffic circle may be moving forward. Staff weren't able to confirm a traffic circle on Friday, so hopefully on Monday we can update the post.
A well-designed traffic circle could help circulation for people on foot, on bike, and in car here. This will be interesting to learn more about!
(Update: No traffic circle! Just a new light and reconfigured lanes.)
Also in roads...
The Summer paving budget offers a 9% reduction in road maintenance from last year. The report also contains information about the on-going funding gap: "Funding street maintenance at an ideal level would require $8.0 million per year, compared to the $1.9 million budgeted for FY 2014-15. The funding gap for on-going pavement maintenance was reflected in the need to allocate $15.6 million, or 16 percent, of the 2008 Streets and Bridges Bond Measure funds to dedicated street pavement rehabilitation and reconstruction projects."
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- Food Carts - Council looks to set a date for a public hearing and to move forward with revised Food Cart ordinances. (It is possible that the protracted urban chicken debate and subsequent lack of problems with it have it have made it possible to move more quickly on this matter! For all the criticism of Council and Staff circulating of late, they seem to be moving promptly and substantively on this.)
- Parking. Setting the downtown parking tax and monthly permit fees.
- City Budget and Urban Renewal Budget