A public open house on the upcoming Railroad Street reconstruction project is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. February 28 at the Brookings Emergency Operating Center (EOC).
Engineers who have been working on the road design will make a brief presentation and then be available to meet with individual property and business owners who would be affected by the project. Large dimension plans will be available for public review.
The EOC is located at 888 Elk Drive adjacent to the Brookings Police Department.
“The plans are about 60 per cent complete and we would like to address any concerns prior to moving ahead with a final set of plans,” said City Manager Gary Milliman.
The project involves the complete reconstruction and widening of Railroad Street, to include one travel lane in each direction; a center turn lane; curb, gutter and sidewalk on both sides of the street; storm drains; bicycle lanes on both sides of the street and improvements to street lighting.
The improvements will occur along a 1,700 lineal foot section of Railroad Street, between Oak Street and Wharf Street. The City will also construct bioswales at other locations to meet national storm water mitigation requirements.
The goal of the project is to correct street, accessibility, pedestrian safety, drainage and bicycle safety deficiencies along the street to make the street more functional as a secondary commercial street carrying local traffic and reducing congestion on Highway 101 through downtown Brookings as well as providing a safe alternative for bicyclists travelling through Brookings.
A round-about initially proposed for the intersection of Railroad and Oak Streets is no longer being considered.
“There will be a number of changes affecting properties located along the street,” City Manager Milliman said. “There will be changes to driveway access and on-street parking. For example, head-in parking will no longer be accommodated on the street. All on-street parking will be parallel parking.”
The Oregon Transportation Commission approved $2.01 in Enhancement Program grant funding for the $3.01 million project, and the City will finance the remaining cost of engineering and construction. “Currently, the estimated construction cost is $2,759,453, which is about $140,000 more than the construction budget, Milliman said. “We have made some adjustments to the project scope to stay within budget, and more adjustments may be needed.”