Day: January 9, 2012

Sidewalks, stoplight coming on Chemawa

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The west Keizer portion of Chemawa Road will have a whole new look by the end of 2012. Engineering started on the sidewalk and road widening project last year, and city officials hope the $2.3 million project will be complete by September of this year. The design portion is on track to be done in spring, with construction starting in the summer. From River Road west to the city limits – just west of 15th Avenue – separated sidewalks, bike lanes and rain gardens will be added. A multi-use paved path is planned from the city limits west to the park. The combination will create access for pedestrians and bicyclists without having to use the roadway or the shoulder. Street trees will be added between the curb and sidewalks. “This is going to be huge,” said Councilor Cathy Clark. “There’s a lot of people that walk on Chemawa. It’s very heavily used by not only cars but bicyclists and pedestrians, especially with the high school and Cummings just down the road. … There’s also a bus line.” Most of the project’s funding comes from state and federal sources, with $960,000 from the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and another $883,000 from the Transportation Enhancement Program. About $450,000 comes from the city’s street fund. With more activities at Keizer Rapids Park, including a boat ramp that...

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Grassroots Government

Parks Advisory Board When they met: Tuesday, October 25 What they did: A boat ramp contract must be awarded to meet permit requirements, said Community Development Director Nate Brown. He said the roadway through the park to access it could cost as much as $80,000, which is not included in grant funding. It is proposed to be built alongside the eastern border of the dog park, to allow filbert orchard operations to continue and preserve the amphitheater. David Philbrick said paving such a road could constrain input from the public. The roadway proposal was approved, with Philbrick and Danny Boyd voting in opposition. The board also voted to endorse the Water Trail Memorandum of Understanding. Bill Lawyer, superintendent of public works, reported that access to Keizer Rapids Park via Tate Avenue should be opened sometime in spring. Parks operation funds will pay for the gravel path and field fence, with the street fund covering concrete and fences and parks systems development charges paying for fencing along the back lot lines of adjacent homes. Who was there: Chair Jeanne Bond-Esser, Richard Walsh, David Philbrick, Clint Holland, Garry Whalen, Rick Day, Jim Parent and Danny Boyd. Absent: Jason Bruster. Next meeting: January 11,...

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