Transportation improvements for Depoe Bay – $80+ million – says ODOT – but will deliver on only about 10% of that before 2035.
Last week the Depoe Bay City Council got the benefit of hearing how the town’s master plan for transportation is coming together. Because it’s mostly about Highway 101 and the cross streets that intersect with it, the plan surrounds how funding MAY be available to make some pretty heavy duty improvements, much of them provided by ODOT. Total budget outlay was estimated (pie in the sky) at $83 million – the more “reasonable approach at around 10% of that.
So, for the near term ODOT is proposing major improvements south of the bridge to Kent Street – a continuous inner turn lane. Other improvements to the frontage surfaces on the east and west sides of the highway south of the bridge to include sidewalks, bike lanes and parallel parking. In addition there will be lots of new sidewalks and pathway access through town, picking up the gaps in existing sidewalks. New crosswalks – especially for pedestrians crossing 101 back and forth at Worldmark, Ellingson and Evans. Lots of ADA accessibility improvements as well.
For those who would like to see the plan in all of its details, just click here.