Overview: This project seeks to provide a better trail linkage between Drake Park, Galveston Avenue, Columbia Park and Miller’s Landing Park. Design work created several conceptual improvement alternatives for Riverfront Street that address bike/pedestrian safety, ADA compliance and wayfinding signage. The Deschutes River Trail currently uses the streets and sidewalks on both Riverfront Street and Riverside Boulevard.
Location: Riverfront St. near downtown Bend
Background: As part of the approved 2012 Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) Bond measure, conceptual design work has been completed to improve the Deschutes River Trail connection between Drake and Miller’s Landing Parks. The project started with a neighborhood questionnaire that was mailed to approximately 450 owners and residents on May 20, 2014.
Click here for questionarire results (PDF).
BPRD’s consultant has completed conceptual designs for improvements that are focused on Riverfront St. The project intent is to provide a more obvious, convenient and safer connection for cyclists and pedestrians between Drake Park and Miller’s Landing Park. The “trail” currently follows sidewalks that are in various states of disrepair on Riverfront St. which also lacks full ADA accessibility and route signage. Traffic and pedestrian counts were completed last summer as part of the analysis process. The results of those counts, questionnaire feedback, the lack of street intersections and proximity to the Gilchrist Bridge led to the decision to focus the design improvements on Riverfront St. rather than Riverside Blvd.
Since this project segment lies completely within public street right-of-way, the consultant’s work on this segment has not resulted in construction drawings. Based on public and city staff input, BPRD wanted to explore the design and funding potential of various improvement options. The analysis identified several design options that were considered viable for the reasons identified in the presentation linked below. Simple improvements such as sidewalk repairs and ADA-related upgrades could be Bond-funded while other more involved street design choices would exceed allocated Bond-funding and could qualify for other funding sources.
Based on analysis and input to date, staff is recommending that a modified Option B – Shared Use Street (Hybrid) version be selected as the desired project to move forward with final design. Staff will be notifying property owners along Riverfront St. and directing them to this webpage to gather input on the recommended design. Based on feedback received, should it be necessary, staff may schedule another neighborhood drop-in open house event to further share ideas and concepts.
Please click the following link for a detailed description of the project alternatives: Street Options Summary (11-23-15)
In the interim, BPRD staff took the opportunity to apply for an ODOT Enhance grant to fund a bulk of the Option B – Shared Use Street project, and included the cost to underground the utilities in the grant application. Costs associated with undergrounding utilities and moving fire hydrants is not within the project budget based on the approved 2012 Bond Measure. However, it is clear that moving utilities will result in a much better trail project than if they were not relocated. Should BPRD be successful in the grant process, the funds would not be available until 2018 which would provide ample time to finalize all the design and engineering details. The grant timeline is as follows:
–November 20, 2015 – Applications Due
–December 2015 through July 2016 – ODOT Region 4 (Bend) and the Central Oregon Area Committee on Transportation (COACT) review and finalize a list of recommended projects
–September 1, 2016 – ODOT Region 4 submits list to ODOT in Salem
–October 2016 – Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) receives list of recommended projects
–January 2017 – OTC releases draft 2018-2021 State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP)
–July 1, 2018 – Funding is available for listed projects
BPRD will know the probable status of the possible grant award by the end of summer 2016.
Location: Riverfront St. near downtown Bend
BPRD encourages your comments via letters, e-mail and by visiting with us at public meetings. For additional questions or comments regarding the Galveston to Miller’s Landing segment of the Deschutes River Trail, please contact: Steve Jorgensen, Park and Trail Planner, (541) 706-6153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.