The Depoe Bay City Council this week sat down with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) representatives to begin planning upgrades to Highway 101 south of the Depoe Bay Bridge. City officials are working closely with ODOT to create curbs and sidewalks south of the bridge to enhance pedestrian safety. They’re also examining methods of creating safer Highway 101 pedestrian crossings as well as possible pedestrian islands in the middle of the highway for their safety. It may also mean lots of blinking lights and signs to get motorists to slow down…especially travelers headed north on 101. Also envisioned are safe road bicycle lanes.
Parking south of the Depoe Bay Bridge will also be modified. Instead of motorists parking at an angle, trying to back out into traffic, parked cars will be parallel to the curb to create safer arrival and departure maneuvers.
Public Works Director Brady Weidner says Depoe Bay has some money in the bank that will team up with ODOT funds to create all the improvements south of the bridge. Weidner added that the city is contemplating dredging out the South Depoe Bay Creek dam to enhance water flow. The dam and the other improvements mentioned above will likely materialize over the next two to four years.
South Depoe Bay Creek Dam upgrades