February 27, 2020 3:40 a.m.
Staff from the Douglas County Public Works Department is set to host an open house for residents of the Green area, regarding the upcoming roadway safety rehabilitation project on Carnes Road.
A release from the department said work is slated to begin this spring, and continue through the end of the year. The meeting will be Thursday March 5th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Green Elementary School on Carnes Road.
The meeting will feature staff from Public Works, as well as project consultants, David Evans and Associates Incorporated. The roadway safety project will include protected bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road, a flashing pedestrian beacon with a refuge island at an existing crossing near the school, existing intersection crossing enhancements, storm sewer improvements, and a new asphalt wearing surface. The release said the rehabilitation of Carnes Road will enable students, parents, school staff, pedestrians, bicyclists and residents to access the school more comfortably and safely via buffered bike lanes and sidewalks, and also manage vehicle access.
The project is being funded in part through the Safe Routes to Schools Competitive Infrastructure Program from the Oregon Department of Transportation. The funding was secured in partnership with Green Elementary, Roseburg Public Schools, and Blue Zones Project Umpqua. The release said Green Elementary currently releases students primarily onto Carnes Road, which has limited bike and pedestrian facilities, multiple driveway crossings, reported high vehicle speeds, and large intersection crossings that present barriers to families accessing the school. Students can currently walk to Del Mar Drive via a short pedestrian path, but this connects to a street with no sidewalks, poor visibility, and again a history of speeding vehicles. Students walking south currently access Linnell, which has similar issues.
Area residents, parents of students that attend Green, along with school staff, are encouraged to attend the presentation so they can learn and ask questions. For more information about the project, contact Public Works at 440-4481.