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Woodburn City Council provides direction as plans come together for Hayes Street improvements.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - The awkward intersection at Hayes Street and Settelmier Avenue will constitute a significant part of the improvement project.The idea of a Settlemier Avenue roundabout is off the table, but significant changes are in store for Hayes Street in the coming years, including a makeover at its Settlemier intersection.

Woodburn City Council heard from Associate Engineer Fred Wismer of Kittelson & Associates along with Woodburn Public Works Projects & Engineering Director Eric Liljequist on May 11. They presented several options to move forward with the West Hayes Street improvement project designs. Two of those alternatives involved traffic lights at the intersection, and a third would provide for a roundabout.

At least one councilor spoke favorably of the roundabout, but there was a significant caveat: it's $1.75 million price tag. The other two alternatives priced in under $1 million and the council opted for the first option, the lowest priced one at $750,000.

The project's overall objective is to facilitate smoother traffic flow on Hayes Street between Cascade Avenue and Settlemier. Included in that is a safe pedestrian crossing at Cozy Way, reconstruction of the roadway, improved storm-water conveyance, new street lighting and signals at the intersection.

A tentative schedule calls for partial designs to be developed and submitted to the council for reviews by this summer, and a full design submission is due by October 9. The city anticipates taking bids by mid-November and construction to begin in February of 2021.

"The Project, once in construction, should take approximately one year to complete," Liljequist said. "The majority of the school-area section of road, between Cozy Way and Cascade Drive, will likely be done during the summertime to mitigate conflicts with Woodburn School District activities."

Once completed, the Nellie Muir Elementary School-area will have a much different look.

"The major improvements will be new street lighting, sidewalks, bike lanes, a center turn lane from Cozy to Cascade, a new pavement section, a new signalized intersection at Settlemier and Hayes, ADA upgrades, activated pedestrian crossing, signing, striping and a new storm system," Liljequist said.


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