Chapel Drive Bikeway Improvement
Chapel DrivePhilomath, OR
GRANT SUMMARY/ABSTRACT: As part of the 2018-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, the Oregon Transportation Commission allocated $30 million statewide for Enhance Non-Highway funds. Each of the five regions of the State are developing a 150% Enhance list through their local MPOs and ACTs. County Staff presented the Chapel Drive Bikeway project proposal to the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization in September and the Policy Board ranked the Chapel Drive project first out of five projects for the area. The project then was presented to the Cascades West Area Commission on Transportation (CWACT) at the end of September. The CWACT Technical Advisory Committee met on October 14, and recommended that the Chapel Drive project be the first ranked project in the CWACT area. The CWACT Board met on October 22, to solidify their recommendation for our region at the SuperACT. In any case, the Chapel Drive Bikeway project has moved forward for consideration. A grant application was sent by November 20, 2015. The County was awarded the grant in the amount of $1.3 million and we will be moving forward with design and construction in the 2018-2021 timeframe.
Chapel Drive is unsafe for bicyclists and pedestrians due to high speed heavy truck and vehicular traffic and lack of bike lanes or paved shoulders. The existing roadway on Chapel Drive from 19th Street to Bellfountain Road will be widened to add 5 foot bike lanes on both sides of the road. A tabletop intersection will be added at 19th Street and Chapel Drive. Planted medians with turn pockets will extend to the public school entrance to provide a visible transition for traffic calming as they enter Philomath. Widening shoulders along Chapel Drive has been listed as a priority project in the County TSP and the City of Philomath TSP for over 14 years.
For more information about the project, those interested can contact County Engineer Laurel Byer at 541-766-6821 or by email at email@example.com.
The County received State funding for design and construction of the proposed improvements. Design is currently underway. It is anticipated that construction could occur as early as 2021, but more than likely will happen in 2022.