Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Oof! Pringle Creek Path Application Misses Initial Cut on State Recommendations

Concept drawing January 2021

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee sent out the list of recommended projects for funding under the Oregon Community Paths Program, and the City's application to fund the path along Pringle Creek between Mirror Pond and Riverfront Park did not make the cut.

We are excited to share that the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee recommends funding 18 projects totaling $11.3 million for ODOT’s Oregon Community Paths Program. The recommendation now goes to the Oregon Transportation Committee for final approval at its May meeting.

The Oregon Community Paths Program, or OCP, is a new program dedicated to help plan and build off-road walking and biking paths that connect communities and destinations....

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and ODOT staff put in over 100 hours reviewing and evaluating potential projects using the scoring criteria and priorities determined by the committee in 2020....

In November 2020, ODOT received 81 letters of interest for the OCP program, totaling $105 million. Those letters determined to be eligible for the program were invited to apply for funding. In January 2021, ODOT received 57 applications from across the state for the OCP Grant Program, totaling $35 million....

In addition to whether they were actually eligible, OBPAC scored the projects on Equity, Safety, Public Support, and Project Readiness.

The Projects they recommended:

  • Ashland: Kestrel Park Bridge - Bear Creek Greenway Extension
  • Astoria: Riverwalk Trail Continuation of Lighting East
  • Chiloquin Community Safe and Healthy Connections
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: Tribal Services Center Access Path
  • Corvallis: Tunison Community Path
  • Eugene: Berkeley Park Path
  • Hermiston: Belt Park Greenway Trail
  • Independence: South Willamette River Trail Refinement
  • Joseph Branch Trail Consortium: Joseph Branch Rail with Trail
  • City of La Grande Critical Link Project Refinement
  • Juniper Hills to Madras East Trails Multiuse Connection Project
  • Medford: Larson Creek Path Repaving: Black Oak to Murphy Rd
  • Ontario North-South Connector
  • Tualatin: Westside Trail Segments 14-18 Master Plan (Preferred Alignment)
  • and Tualatin River Greenway Trail Extension
  • Warrenton: Tansy Point Connection NW 11th Path
  • Wasco County: Mill Creek Greenway
  • Washington County: Reedville Trail

Astoria-Warrenton and the Tualatin area picked up two project recommendations each.

It will be interesting to learn more about any comments and critique on the Salem proposal that are made public.

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