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Day: March 4, 2012

Cost projections balloon for Chemawa improvements

Chemawa Road N. sidewalks and street improvements may cost the city’s street fund more than $1 million as construction and right-of-way estimates rise.

The worst case scenario is that Keizer’s share could jump $600,000 due to amendments requested by the Oregon Department of Transportation. That’s up from the previously-appropriated street fund match of $450,000.

The Keizer City Council may consider approving the change at its Monday, March 5 meeting as a late addition to the agenda. City staff are seeking approval to keep acquisition and construction timelines on track.

Street fund dollars are separate from the general fund, which pay for police officers and park maintenance, among other items.

The resolution councilors will consider Monday night outlines the projected “worst case” cost increases from ODOT:

• The city’s share of expected construction costs jumped to $740,000.
• Right-of-way services jumped twice: First from $37,280 to $96,786, then up again to $305,973.
• Some 25 additional properties have been identified by ODOT as necessary to complete the right-of-way process.
• The overall anticipated project cost has increased from $2.3 million to $3.4 million, documents show.

The project affects Chemawa Road west of River Road. From River Road west to the city limits – just west of 15th Avenue – separated sidewalks, bike lanes and rain gardens will be added. A multi-use paved path is planned from the city limits west to the park. The combination will create access for pedestrians and bicyclists without having to use the roadway or the shoulder. Street trees will be added between the curb and sidewalks.

One highlight is a stoplight at the heavily-used intersection at the entrance to McNary High School.