County hosts community meeting to present 53rd ST railroad overpass project

Friday, November 10, 2017

The county will host a community meeting and open house to engage the public about the 53rd Street and Willamette Pacific Railroad overcrossing. The meeting is scheduled for Tues. Nov 14th, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds Auditorium, 110 SW 53rd ST, Corvallis, OR.

SW 53rd Street currently goes under the Willamette Pacific Railroad in between SW West Hills Road and SW Reservoir Avenue. The trestle supporting the railroad bridge is located between the two travel lanes causing a safety hazard. The undercrossing frequently floods and ices over in the winter, causing additional hazards to the driving public and railroad operators. Additionally, the low clearance of the undercrossing prevents SW 53rd ST from being used by freight traffic.

The project would realign SW 53rd to the east, construct an overcrossing of the railroad, and naturalizes Dunawi Creek that currently passes through a culvert.

The upcoming community meeting will begin with a presentation of the project, and then provide an overview of the County’s vision for improving safety and mitigating flooding at 53rd Street and Willamette Pacific Railroad through use of an overcrossing. At the end of the presentation, we will hold an open question and answer session.  After the presentation we will break into smaller groups where project details and neighborhood concerns will be discussed.

This is a regional project that was first identified as a need in the 1980’s.  It is identified as a near term project in the Benton County Transportation System Plan, the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Plan and the City of Corvallis Transportation System Plan.

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