Sidewalk repairs and improvements are underway at four locations throughout Brookings as a part of the City’s ongoing program to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility.
The City has contracted with John Rapraeger, of Brookings, to undertake the work at a cost of $6,880.
The project includes installing one handicap ramp and repairing sidewalks in poor condition at three locations. The repairs will eliminate trip hazards.
“We try to do at least two corner handicap ramps annually,” said City Manager Gary Milliman. “They are expensive, with the cost of each of these being about $2,700.
“Handicap ramp locations are selected in consultation with City Councilor Bill Hamilton, who uses a motorized wheelchair,“ Milliman said.
More accessibility improvements may be coming along Chetco Avenue. “At our request, ODOT is currently surveying pedestrian facilities along Chetco Avenue to identify where handicap ramps are needed,” Milliman said. “They are also looking at specific problem areas like narrow sidewalks and sidewalks that are below grade.”
One example of a “problem sidewalk” is along the frontage of the former Flying Gull restaurant. “This sidewalk is below grade and you actually have to step up from the sidewalk to get onto the street at the corner of Chetco and Arnold Lane, which is certainly an accessibility impairment,” Milliman said.
As reported earlier, new sidewalks are currently being installed along the 1300 block of Easy Street, and State funding has been tentatively approved for the installation of sidewalks along the east side of Chetco Avenue from Easy Street to Parkview Drive in 2019.