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ODOT to fix flaw in Lincoln City project

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014

The intersection at SW 29th Street (left) and U.S. Highway 101 will be addressed this week after the Oregon Department of Transportation decided it that a section of the widening project was unsafe for pedestrian and disabled access. Flaggers were posted in the area over the weekend, which was one of the busiest traffic periods of the year on the highway. (Photo by Dennis Anstine)

(Editor’s note: This is part one in a two-part series about the Highway 101 construction project in Lincoln City’s Nelscott Strip. Part two will look at the impact on businesses located within the construction zone.)

LINCOLN CITY — Spurred by a Lincoln City resident’s complaint, a pedestrian and disabled access issue along a narrow stretch of the U.S. 101-Lincoln City project will be corrected this week by the Oregon Department of Transportation and its contractor, K & E Excavation, Inc.

Jim Hoover said he started receiving calls from people last Friday that in the vicinity of the Highway 101 and 29th Street intersection there wasn’t adequate walking space for about 200 feet between the shoulder line and the concrete barriers on both sides of the highway.

“There was no through pedestrian access on either side of the barrier, and people were being put in an unsafe position having to walk through the ODOT work zone,” Hoover said Tuesday. “ODOT and the city missed the very basic item of pedestrian safety and handicap access in an area where a lot of people walk to work.”

For the complete article see the 07-16-2014 issue.

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