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Lincoln City: Highway 101 from 25th to 32nd streets project set to launch in Spring of next year – To last 2 years!

Nelscott Mercantile Store
Highway 101 at 32nd
Circa 1930 and today

Highway 101 @ 32nd
32nd west of highway to be
raised up 3 feet

Nelscott Mercantile improvements
Bullnose corner, ADA compliant

Nelscott Mercantile (overhead)
Showing pedestrian/parking on 32nd

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ODOT’s Jerry Wolcott told the Lincoln City City Council Monday night that they think the got it right in accommodating an historic building involved in the 25th to 32nd street improvements to Highway 101 in the Nelscott area. The old Nelscott Mercantile, now a wine shop, was declared an historically important building, having been constructed in 1927 by Frank Hallock for the Nelscott Land Company.
Wolcott said in order to preserve the building, they will be raising the road surface of SW 32nd by three feet and constructing a sidewalk around the north side of the mercantile building. They will also be “bullnozing” the corner which will contain a sidewalk and a north-side walkway along with preserving parking on SW 32nd.

From 32nd north to 25th, ODOT will be widening the road to include a center turn lane and west side bicycle and pedestrian paths. They will put in full curb, gutter and sidewalks on both sides along with new storm drains and new paving. And there will be a new signal light at 32nd. Wolcott said the project is weighing in at over $18 million, a lot more than originally forecasted, “But that’s what happens when you go from conceptual drawings to an actual project,” Wolcott said. “But we’ll find some cost savings as we get into construction.”

Wolcott said they’ll start the project in the Spring of next year, with a two year construction period. He said its going to be tough going as they move traffic back and forth across the right of way as they build the improvements, but in two years when it’s done, it will be a lot easier to get from one end of Lincoln City to the other.

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