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Pedestrians drive transportation plan

Modified: Friday, Jun 6th, 2014

ODOT engineer Rean Flisakowski points out pedestrian improvements to Jack O’Brien, a member of the Depoe Bay Traffic Safety Committee, during an open house Wednesday to unveil a 20-year transportation master plan. The town’s streets, below, lack sidewalks and are considered to be tough on foot traffic. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

DEPOE BAY — A 20-year master plan to streamline traffic could be a boon for pedestrians, according to state transportation officials who unveiled their ideas Wednesday at a public workshop.

“What’s remarkable to me is how many people are on foot in Depoe Bay,” said Valerie Grigg Devis, a senior planner with the Oregon Department of Transportation. “In the summer, 700 people an hour are using and crossing Highway 101.”

With three speed zones, a handful of jammed crosswalks, countless jaywalkers, distracted motorists and no police department, Depoe Bay traffic has been compared by some to rush hour in much larger areas.

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