Lincoln City Council awards bike trail contract

A map shows the route of a new bicycle and pedestrian trail to be built along Highway 101 in north Lincoln City. The lion’s share of the project is funded through a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation, with contributions from the city and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. On Monday, city councilors approved a contract to design and build the recreational corridor. (Courtesy graphic)

LINCOLN CITY — During its regular meeting on Monday, the Lincoln City City Council awarded a contract for design and build services for a bicycle and pedestrian trail next to Highway 101 by the Devils Lake wetlands.

The largest share of the $3,051,500 project is funded through an Oregon Department of Transportation State Transportation Improvement Program grant. The city is managing the project and contributing $130,000, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, whose property abuts the proposed trail, has pledged $360,000.

Five design and build proposals were reviewed by a selection committee that included members from ODOT and the tribe, which chose K&E Excavating, Inc., of Marion County, to recommend for the contract award.

City Engineer Stephanie Reid presented the selection committee’s recommendation to councilors during Monday’s meeting.

The project is being undertaken with a different contracting mechanism than the city typically employs, she explained. Under the progressive design-build contract, K&E will be point for design, engineering and construction, rather than the city bidding out those elements individually.

Mayor Dick Anderson pointed out that the trail project had been a long time in the making, having been initially funded in 2013. He said he expected it to achieve its aim, which was to draw foot and bike traffic away from vehicle traffic on Highway 101. The paved trail will run along the east side of the highway from West Devil’s Lake Road to the Neotsu Post Office.

The council unanimously voted to approve the selection committee’s recommendation and award the contract to K&E Excavating.

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