transpo-update

A truck passes through a new bicycle and pedestrian crossing at Northwest Ninth Street and Fremont Street in 2015. A planned update of the city's transportation system plan will be looking at all modes, including bicycles, pedestrians, vehicles and transit.

The city of Corvallis is hosting an open house at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library to discuss transportation issues.

A steering committee, along with consultants hired by the city, has been working since January 2015 on a transportation system plan update, the first since 1996, and a transit development plan. The $1 million project, which is mandated by the state, is being paid for by Oregon Department of Transportation planning funds.

The goal of the open house, said Mary Steckel, director of Public Works and the city’s project manager, is to gather feedback from residents on current transportation conditions.

“To have a real influence on the outcomes, now is the time to speak up,” said Steckel, who will be at the open house along with other city staff and members of the consulting teams.

Steckel also noted that “it’s an operational plan … it is not a maintenance plan.”

Thus, the project team is looking for big picture fixes rather than potholes to plug.

There will not be a formal presentation at the open house. Residents can come any time from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and view materials on current conditions, ask questions of the project team and provide feedback. The four main categories to be discussed are vehicle transportation (including freight), bicycle, pedestrian and transit.

An online "virtual open house" also will be available starting Tuesday and through Dec. 20 at corvallistsp.org. The website also offers more information on the project, including project information, technical memos and study documents. Residents also can make comments on the project website at any time.

Work on solutions is the next step, with the project set to go before the City Council in 2018.

In other public meetings:

Tuesday

• The Linn-Benton Loop Board meets at 3 p.m. at the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, 1400 Queen Ave. S.E. in Albany.

Friday

• The Corvallis Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board meets at 7 a.m. at the downtown fire station, 400 N.W. Harrison Blvd.

Dec. 3

• Ward 1 Corvallis Councilor Penny York will be the government comment corner guest from 10 a.m. to noon at the library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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