Delays have pushed back a sidewalk, street improvement and stoplight project on Chemawa Road N. until 2013.

The Oregon Department of Transporation is in charge of the project, and needs more time to acquire land for right-of-way.

“Our agents are out there right now going door-to-door and discussing right-of-way strips we’ll be taking for the sidewalks and beautification,” said Michael Schroeder, local area liaison for ODOT.

The new bid date is December 8, with construction expected to take place next summer. The public may still see workers out this year, surveying and moving power and gas lines.

The project affects Chemawa Road west of River Road, and cost estimates are at approximately $3.4 million. 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.

One highlight is a stoplight at the heavily-used intersection at the entrance to McNary High School.