The Tualatin City Council is moving forward with plans to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities and safety as part of the Garden Corner Curves Project.
On Monday, the council approved a $611,000 resolution to award an engineering contract to Wallis Engineering to provide design, engineering, permitting and other services to connect the Ibach and Midwest neighborhoods.
Garden Corner Curves – generally considered to include 105th Avenue, Blake Street and 108th Avenue – is a narrow portion of roadway that has sight-distance safety issues and limited room for bicyclists and pedestrians, according to city officials.
The project is also designed to greatly improve safety, according to a consent agenda item approved by the council. (Consent agenda items are usually passed without comment as part of normal housekeeping duties by the council.)
However, when asked about what he thinks about the project getting off the ground, Mayor Lou Ogden said shortly before approving the measure that he was pleased it was moving forward.
"It's been a 'long and winding road' to get to this point," he quipped.
Construction is expected to begin in late 2019.
Money for the project comes from passage of a $20 million general obligation bond to provide relief for congested streets and provide neighborhood safety improvements approved by voters last May.
While the curves as a whole won't be straigthened, city officials have said a minor shift in one of the curves to allow for shared use of the a pathway.
Here's a few of the fixes expected from the project, according to a city report:
• Adding a 12-foot-wide shared use path for bicyclists and pedestrians to the east side of the road. This will allow for a separated route on that side of the road.
• Two 10-foot-wide vehicle lanes constructed to reduce motorist speeds.
• Pedestrian activated flashing beacons at Moratoc Drive as well as 108th Avenue and Paulina Drive.
• A raised crosswalk at Paulina Drive.
Meanwhile, community feedback on the project resulted in the city adding speed feedback signs, a revised centerline striping to slow vehicles down and another raised crossing, this one at 108th and Blake Street.
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