Lincoln City: Highway 101 renovation SE 16th to SE 36th getting a little clearer. Might actually get a start date for the work fairly soon!
Lincoln City Public Works Director Lila Bradley told her city councilors this week that the proposed upgrade of Highway 101 from SE 16th to SE 36th is starting to come into focus. With the latest amendment to the plan with ODOT, it appears there will be a two lane road with a center turn lane along the full route. A plan for a wider four-lane highway was dropped after heavy opposition from store owners along that stretch of road, along with many misgivings from City Hall. It’ll also be cheaper so ODOT agreed, saying they really didn’t have the money available for a full four lane anyway. However, ODOT added that the highway will have to be widened to four lanes “in the future.” They didn’t say how far into the future.
ODOT has also included a signal light at SW 32nd. The new SE 32nd will be constructed straight east from SW 32nd and 101 and connect up the hill with SE Dune. The old SE 32nd, to the north, will be converted to a neighborhood driveway and will not connect to Dune or to the new SE 32nd.
The entire length of the improvements will include bicycle and hiking pathways, crosswalks and sidewalks.
Now that the final concept has been agreed to, ODOT will spend the next two years designing the project. Then, sometime in 2015 they’ll start construction, with completion expected sometime in late 2016.