City launches redo of Newport Way Northwest section
August 28, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 28, 2010
The contentious plan to redo bicycle lanes and a pedestrian path along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to the city line has started.
City engineers do not expect the project to cause significant traffic delays.
The project calls for bike lanes to be added in both directions, plus a separated pedestrian path along the north side of the roadway along Newport Way Northwest from state Route 900 to Lakemont Boulevard Southeast, the city line.
Crews started to remove rumble strips along the road earlier in the week. City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said the city had yet to receive a final schedule from the contractor, but he said he expects the majority of the work to be completed within a couple of weeks.
In March, the City Council decided to spend $120,000 for the project. The decision prompted debate because crews added a trail and a gravel shoulder to the same section of road late last year.
But before the project had been completed, the city started to receive complaints about drivers using the widened shoulder as another lane — despite a double white line, a rumble strip and “No driving on shoulder” signs.
Councilman Joshua Schaer led the push against the makeover. Schaer, a resident in a development along the affected roadway section, said residents had used the widened shoulder for parking during heavy snow, after snow and ice made steep driveways unsafe.