New path installed on Pine Street

 

Last updated 4/12/2022 at Noon

Bill Bartlett

A concrete crew laid a winding path along Pine Street earlier this month.

The installation of an eight-foot-wide multi-use path along the west side of North Pine Street, from West Main Avenue all the way north to the City limits, is currently underway.

The project is being done by Odyssey Contracting LLC with a price tag of $170,247.50. A projected completion date is June 30. The project is funded by a $100,000 grant from Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and money from systems development charges (SDCs).

This project is part of the 2021 Transportation System Plan (TSP) to continue the existing eight-foot concrete sidewalk that runs in front of the Sisters Ranger District office a few more blocks and then become a winding eight-foot-wide asphalt path all the way down North Pine Street. The decision to go with an eight-foot-wide winding path helps to minimize the impact to existing trees.

At the intersection of North Pine and West Barclay Drive, the path will connect to the concrete sidewalk on the south side of Barclay and the asphalt path on the north side of Barclay that both go to the roundabout at Highway 20/Barclay. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to continue east on asphalt paths on either side of Highway 20 into downtown or cross over the intersection to sidewalks on McKinney Butte Road.

The Pine Street asphalt path will continue across West Barclay, carrying users to the north city limits where the paved road turns to gravel. At the intersection of West Barclay and North Pine, as well as intersections of North Pine with West Main and Adams Streets, there will be improvements including ADA curb ramps and crosswalks, plus signage at Barclay.

The original engineer’s budget estimate was $175,000, which included bollard lighting along the entire path. Staff put the project out to bid in February 2022 and received five bids, with the lowest bid provided by Odyssey in the amount of $292,518.50. Due to the high bids, staff removed the lighting line items from the project to get the cost back within budget. Doing this puts the onus on the adjacent developers to install the lighting when they construct their frontage improvements for Sisters Woodlands, so that the path will ultimately have bollard lighting as originally intended.

 

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