Paving the way to Neotsu

Lincoln City takes on construction of new path

LINCOLN CITY — The Lincoln City Council has approved a $2.6 million agreement between ODOT and the City of Lincoln City. The project: creating a paved path for bikes and pedestrians along the east side of Highway 101 running from West Devils Lake Road to the Neotsu Post Office.

That money, which comes from the Oregon Department of Transportation Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, has taken five years to fully secure, which Mayor Dick Anderson said was part of the reason this project had not been started, despite being approved by ODOT in 2014.

However, with an additional offered contribution from the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians — in the amount of $350,000 and an additional $30,000 in contingency — Public Works Director Lila Bradley told the council that the recent delay in starting the project was deciding whether to enter a three-party agreement or not. However, she reported that the city will be entering the agreement and billing the tribe for the portion of the project they would like to contribute to, which lies along their property line.

“It has taken a long time,” said Anderson, “but having the three parties is very opportune. The tribe has different money and (is) more than willing to contribute — which is great — ourselves and then ODOT.”

The path will be designed in-house by the City of Lincoln City and then reviewed by ODOT at the 30, 60 and 90 percent completion points. Bradley made it clear that the project would not be an easy one, as there is a small shoulder to work with in that area.

“We’re excited,” she said. “It’s going to take us probably two years just to get through the design process … but we have almost like, 10 years to build this.”

The motion to approve carried by a 6-0 vote, with Councilor Diana Hinton absent.