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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.
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April 2022 - Weather permitting, the striping work will occur early April, more to follow once date is established. Once the striping is completed, the only remaining work will be additional hydroseeding and the installation of select areas of fencing along the ravine edge near McDonald Ave, which will be completed in late April, and planting of the larger vegetated strips, which will not occur until fall.
March 10, 2022 - Last week, the construction crew completed drainage installation and reinforcement of the west/south side ditch line to prevent future erosion. Yesterday and today, a majority of the paving work will have been completed, as well most of the traffic disruption. The remaining work includes shaping and stabilizing the larger planting strip at the south end of the project, and laying down pavement markings. The latter work will likely be performed near the end of the month when conditions are dryer and temperatures warmer.
On February 17, 2022, the contractor returned to the site and started paving shoulders. The work is anticipated to be complete by early March 2022.
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.
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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