JOHN DAY – After a winter break, work resumes this week on the City of John Day’s Main Street and Canyon Boulevard improvement project.
The $1 million project, funded by a Transportation Enhancement grant program, is upgrading sidewalks and lighting on the two main thoroughfares in downtown.
Iron Triangle LLC, the contractor for Oregon Department of Transportation, began the work last September and most of it was done before the winter shutdown.
Warmer than usual weather this month allowed ODOT to get a jump on the spring to-do list.
Work to be completed includes asphalt paving in front of the new curbs, replacing the sidewalk along the north side of Main Street, and completing a few sidewalk sections along the south side of Main and the east side of Canyon Boulevard.
Officials expect that work to take about three weeks, weather permitting. Pedestrians can expect some sidewalk closures, especially on the north side of Main, and there may be some lane closures for motorists at times.
In addition to sidewalks, the project includes new accessible ramps at intersections, relocating some utility lines underground, and replacing highway-style light fixtures and poles with ornamental units.