The City of Bend’s Neighborhood Leadership Alliance has announced work will soon begin on eight street safety projects, hoping to create easier and safer access to schools and parks all over town.
The top projects, which are ready for design and construction are:
Project #1 – Safe Crossing to Ponderosa Park
Project #2 – Safe Crossing to Mountain View High School
Project #3 – Neighborhood Traffic Calming on NE 12th
Project #4 – Hollygrape Crosswalk across Brookswood Blvd.
Project #5 – Knightsbridge Crosswalk across Parrell Road
Project #6 – Sisemore Sidewalk and Traffic Calming
Project #7 – East Campbell Way Walking Safety
Project #8 – Safe Access to Harmon Park
Contingency Project #9 – Safe Crossing to Summit High School
Contingency Project #9 – Safe Route to Amity Creek at Thompson Elementary
In the 2019-2021 biennial budget, the City Council approved $800,000 to fund the program. Last fall, the City received more than 360 applications for projects all across Bend. These projects were then reviewed and prioritized by the Neighborhood Associations (NAs) in which they were located. Each NA submitted its top one or two projects for advancement to the NLA, which resulted in a list of 25 priority projects.
City staff packaged these 25 projects with additional details such as demographic data, crash data and cost information and provided this to the NLA in December. NLA representatives ranked their top 15 projects, considering safety and geographic equity. The results of the rankings highlighted eight top-priority projects – all from different neighborhoods – that addressed traffic flow and safety in neighborhoods.
These eight projects will now move into design and outreach. In May, the NLA will revisit the projects for a final stamp of approval.
“The neighborhood associations appreciate Council’s support for this program,” said Hans Jorgensen, the chair of the Neighborhood Leadership Alliance. “Councilors asked neighborhoods, ‘What do you want done in your neighborhood to address safety at a neighborhood level?’ and there was tremendous community response. The program has started so successfully, Council saw merit in increasing funding for these types of projects by putting them in the bond package.”
Council prioritized neighborhood safety in its 2019-21 goals, and there is $6 million slated for these types of projects in the proposed bond that voters are expected to consider in May
“The demand for the Neighborhood Street Safety Program has really shown us that Bend wants safety improvements to their neighborhood streets,” said Makayla Oliver, Community Relations Manager for the City of Bend.