City's unveils plan to fix its aging streets
On Jan. 25 a five-year transportation plan was unveiled before the Citizen Rate Review Committee (CRRC), an advisory board of the Newberg City Council, spelling out projects the city intends to tackle over the next five years.
The history of the effort began in July 2016 when an ad-hoc committee was formed and began work on a proposed funding package for the first phase of a five-year plan. That lead to formation of a transportation utility fee (TUF) to raise approximately $1.2 million for pavement maintenance; the fee was approved in September 2017.
The funds will help steer planning of local road repair projects and could help to stretch local dollars by keeping tabs of the conditions of roads, sidewalks, bike lanes and other possible repair projects.
The CRRC does not approve the projects presented, but reviews the TUF rates based on proposed projects and other expenses to make rate adjustment recommendations to the council. The council is expected to consider the committee's recommendation at a meeting in April.
The TUF includes a provision that a maximum of 70 percent of the funds be allocated to the preservation of the streets and a minimum of 30 percent to reconstruct streets rated as poor or very poor. The goal over time is to keep the good streets maintained while working on the replacement of the poor streets..
The road map for street improvement and design projects under consideration for 2018 includes:
- The North Elliott Road main entrance to Newberg High School does not have bike or pedestrian facilities and there is no drainage system. A proposed project will construct full street improvements to include sidewalks and bike lanes, drainage and street lighting.
- North Springbrook Road has flooding problems that would be addressed, as will consideration for a signal at Haworth Avenue.
-Installation of a large culvert on Villa Road at Hess Creek has been completed and the city will now commence the second phase of the project on Villa Road from Haworth Avenue to Park Street in April. The area has intermittent sections of curbs and sidewalks that are needing improvement; the proposal is to construct a full-width street with curbs, as well as bike lanes from Fulton Street to Crestview Drive.
- Plans for College Street include installing bike lanes and sidewalks from Aldercrest Street to Foothills Drive on the west side of the road. College Street also needs a water line relocation before the sidewalks and bike lanes are installed. This part of the project has been under continuation for three years.
- Extending Crestview Drive from Highway 99W to Springbrook Road includes installing curbs, gutters, bike lanes, sidewalks and replacing the existing substandard roadway segments. The city will fund $1.1 million of the project, while $740,000 will come from the state and $3.1 million will come from developers Gramor and Springbrook properties.
The plan is in concert with construction of Crestview Crossing by Gramor and has been in the works for nearly a decade.
Pavement repairs in 2018 will include Wynooski Street from Fourth Street to Seventh Street, Fifth Street from River Street to Wynoooski Street, Hayes Street from Springbrook Road to Werth Boulevard, Haworth Avenue from Springbrook to Villa roads, Melody Court, parts of Crestview Drive, Donald Street and Buckley Lane, Dartmouth Street east of College Street, Meridian Street toward Dartmouth Street, Jeffrey and Zoe courts, Edgewood Drive from Main to Princeton streets, Edgewood Court.
City Engineer Kaaren Hoffman explained that several of the projects are already approved and been implemented in phases because the city's fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30 the following year. As a result, the recommendations will be made to the council for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.