Eagle Harbor Drive Non-Motorized Imp. Phase II
Roughly one mile of Eagle Harbor Drive, running north from McDonald Avenue to the shoreline segment of the road, will soon be safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. The project, known as the Eagle Harbor Drive Phase II Non-Motorized Improvements project, has been on the City’s non-motorized project list for two decades. The City’s contractor will widen shoulders and create a 5-foot-wide bike lane along the northbound segment of the road. On the southbound, uphill stretch of the road, the 5-foot-wide bike lane will be separated from traffic by a vegetation buffer and double striping at mailboxes.
In June 2020, the City Council authorized the Public Works Department to develop a design for the project after staff secured $700,000 from a federal grant fund contingency list. The total cost of the project, which was awarded to a contractor in March of this year, is expected to be within the range of the federal grant, which will be matched with approximately 13% of City funds. Contingency funds the City received come with the stipulation that projects must be ready for granting agency review within weeks of being awarded. To streamline matters, the City kept the design process in-house and designed the project to fit within existing public rights of way.
The City Council requested last summer that bike lanes in both directions be separated from vehicle traffic by vegetation buffers. However, with the time constraints, the staff could not provide a full evaluation of whether that project could fit within the Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration existing public rights of way, so the finished design will implement vegetation buffers on one side of the road only. Per the Council’s direction, the staff will be exploring whether a short northbound segment could be separated at the tight curve near the McDonald Avenue intersection through a contract change order.
- Week of September 6: Hydroseeding completed on Wednesday; road striping likely to occur in the next couple of weeks.
- Week of August 16: Paving was completed last week. Topsoil placement in the planter strips should to be completed by Friday. Pavement markings are expected to be placed in the next couple of weeks.
- Week of August 2: Construction is expected to resume Friday, Aug. 6. Staff paused work last month to redesign the bike lanes. The new design will include physical separation of the bike lanes on both sides of Eagle Harbor Drive (along most of the segment). The revised design includes a wide northbound separation at the curve near McDonald Avenue with features to provide a safe and comfortable ride for all ages.
- Week of July 12 - City staff have been working with the contractor to lay out a configuration that will include physical separation of the bike lanes from the roadway on both sides of the road along the majority of the alignment. This revised design includes a wide north-bound separation at the curve near McDonald Avenue with features to provide a safe and comfortable ride for all ages. Due to the evaluations of the project configuration, the project is currently delayed until mid-August. Click here to view revised cross section change.
Note: Vehicles, bikers, and pedestrians need to slow down and proceed with caution and patience when traveling through the construction area. City staff expect that a majority of the project will be completed prior to the start of the school year in September.
- Week of June 21, Contractor placed crushed gravel on the southbound shoulder. Contractor expects to start grading the northbound shoulder week of June 28.
- Week of June 7 - Contractor to start mobilization. Project is estimated to be completed in sixty (60) working days.
- March 2021 - City Council awarded the project.
The City’s Capital Improvement Plan includes $1.08 million for construction (including staff project management costs), $700K of which is a secured federal transportation grant. See CIP Budget Summary page under “related documents".
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