JOHN DAY – Survey work continues in preparation for an upgrade of sidewalks and power poles along John Day’s South Canyon Boulevard and Main Street in 2014.

The downtown area improvement project, with an estimated cost of $892,000, is made possible by a Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant program that provides federal highway funds for projects that strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, or environmental value of our transportation system.

The project will include reconstructing sidewalks to current standards along both sides of South Canyon Boulevard between Main Street and Second Street, and along both sides of Main Street from Canyon Boulevard east to Elm Street.

The project will install ADA ramps at intersections, put overhead utility lines underground, and replace the existing highway-style light fixtures and poles with ornamental lighting units. Provisions for hanging basket planters on the light poles will be incorporated into the project scope.

The project is one of many improvements identified by the City, school district and community members as part of the John Day Downtown Plan and the Safe Routes to School Action Plan.

“This project is a key aspect of the overall goal of a revitalized downtown John Day and will provide connectivity to historic sites, parks, recreational centers, newly constructed trail, assisted living facilities and schools,” said John Day City Manager Peggy Gray. “The new street lighting and sidewalk upgrades will not only create a safer environment for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, but also enhance the overall visual aesthetics of the core downtown area.”

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