Brookings cleared its first major hurdle today when the South West Area Commission on Transportation (SWACT) included the City’s $2.01 million Railroad Street Reconstruction in its 2016-18 area improvement plan.
Proposed funding will now go to regional and statewide transportation commissions over the next several months, and has a good chance of being included in the State Transportation Improvement Plan.
The Brookings project was one of eight projects included in the tri-county area plan, which covers Curry, Coos and Douglas Counties. A total of 19 project applications were received.
The project, which covers Railroad Street between Oaks and Center Streets, would add a center median/turn lane to the two-way street, install curb, sidewalk and drainage improvements and a bicycle/pedestrian multi-use path. Improvements will increase pedestrian and traffic safety, eliminate ditches and improve drainage and make Railroad Street more attractive for new private development.
The project, if it receives final approval, could go into the design phase in 2014 and be ready for construction in 2016.