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Sidewalk to stretch from Plum to Cedar

North Madras Trail Connector Project


by: HOLLY M. GILL - Construction workers from R-2 Construction install a hookup for irrigation lines along a new sidewalk that stretches from Plum Street to Cedar Street, just east of the Les Schwab Tire Center.A construction crew is hard at work on a stretch of sidewalk that will eventually give residents of north Madras a safe path from Jefferson Street to the city's trail system.

The first phase of the North Madras Trail Connector Project is nearly finished, with an 8-foot wide concrete path already installed on the west side of U.S. Highway 97, from Plum Street to Cedar Street, next to Les Schwab Tire Center. The second phase is scheduled to start in the spring.

"We're taking the walkway from Plum Street up to Jefferson Street to Canyon East Apartments," said City Administrator Gus Burril.

"This gives folks that are wanting to connect into our trail system a way to connect," said Burril, adding that people will be able to walk from Jefferson Street to nearby stores. "They don't have to drive."

The two-phase $181,000 project will be completed with an investment of $11,000 from the city, and grants of $120,000 from the Oregon Department of Transportation's Bike and Pedestrian Program, and $50,000 from ODOT's Emerging Small Business Program.

Burril explained that the city was originally allocated grant money from the Bike and Pedestrian Program for the M trail on the west side of town, but had money left over, and persuaded ODOT that the north side project would be an effective use of the funds.

"It's been a multiyear effort to keep it available and assigned to a different program," he said. "We have a good partnership with ODOT."

R-2 Construction was awarded the bid for the first phase of the project and started work in October. The first phase, which will include landscaping, pedestrian lighting and striping, is scheduled for completion by Nov. 30, according to Jeff Hurd, director of the Madras Public Works Department.

The second phase will be a 10-foot asphalt multiuse trail, with landscaping and pedestrian lighting, from Mazatlan Drive to Jefferson Street on the west side of U.S. Highway 97.

"This phase is currently under design, with construction estimated to begin in March of 2014, and be completed by June 30, 2014," said Hurd.

"It just gives folks a safe place to walk or ride their bikes (on the wider section)," said Burril. "The lighting, particularly this time of year, should really help folks out."



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