Bike Path Plan By Street Upsets Neighbors

Bike Path Plan By Street Upsets Neighbors


STREET IS SCHEDULED FOR AN EXTREME MAKEOVER. BUT NEIGHBORS ALONG THE WAY — ARE SHOCKED, THINKING THE PLAN HAD MIKE MCKNIGHT INVESTIGATES WHY THE CONTROVERSIAL PROJECT HAS RESURFACED IN THIS “SIX ON YOUR SIDE” INVESTIGATION. THESE HOMEOWNERS WANT CITY ENGINEERS TO BACK PEDDLE ON PLANS FOR BIKE PATH ALONG 114TH STREET NORTH OF PACIFIC. SUSAN HANSON/NEIGHBOR SAID,”WHERE PEOPLE WILL BE GOING DOWN HILL BECAUSE ITS QUITE A GRADE.” THE CITY PLANS TO IMPROVE A HALF MILE OF 114TH WITH A CENTER TURN LANE AND ON THE EAST SIDE A 10 FOOT WIDE SIDEWALK WITH ROOM FOR WALKERS AND BICYCLISTS. MURTHY KOTI/CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEER SAID, “WE HAVE TO START LOOKING OUT FOR EVERY MODE OF TRANSPORTATION, NOT ONLY JUST THE CARS, WE HAVE TO START LOOKING AT BICYCLES AND PEDESTRIANS.” THE PROJECT, STREET, PATH, EASEMENTS COSTS 3.8 MILLION DOLLARS 80 PERCENT FROM FEDERAL FUNDS. “THE CITY UNVEILED THE PLAN MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO AND NEIGHBOR ALONG 114TH STREET THOUGHT IT’S ON THE BACK BURNER. THEN WITHOUT NOTICE THESE STAKES APPEARED A FEW WEEKS AGO.” MARKERS TO GAUGE RIGHT OF WAY NOT THE PATHS EDGE BUT HOMEOWNERS FEAR TREES THAT STRADDLE THEIR PROPERTY WILL BE CUT DOWN. ERIN DEARMENT/ HOMEOWNER SAID, “I’VE GOT KIDS WHO PLAY IN THE YARD AND TO BRING TRAFFIC CLOSER TO THE HOUSE AND TAKE AWAY THE NATURAL BARRIER THAT IS THE TREES IS GOING TO BE STRESSFUL.” THE PROJECT PLANNERS SAY THEY SEE TREES NOT JUST PAPER PLANS. MURTHY KOTI/CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEER SAID, “WE’LL GO THROUGH AND MAKE SURE WE CAN MINIMIZE ANY TREE IMPACTS WE WILL.” THE BIKE TRAIL WILL CROSS PATHS WITH SEVERAL DRIVEWAYS. SUSAN DRICKEY/ HOMEOWNER SAID,”WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO STOP TWICE, ONCE FOR THE BIKE PATH AND THEN ONCE FOR THE STREET..” ONE REASON WHY TAXPAYERS WILL PAY FOR TURNAROUNDS ON PRIVATE DRIVEWAYS ALONG NORTH 114TH. MURTHY KOTI/CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEER SAID, “THE PROPERTY OWNER DOESN’T NEED TO SPEND ANY DOLLARS ON THAT AND WE’RE CREATING ASAFER OPERATION FOR THEM.” PROPERTY OWNERS ASK WHY BUILD A 10 FOOT WIDE HALF MILE BIKE PATH THAT ENDS AT LAMP STREET. SUSAN DRICKEY/ HOMEOWNER SAID,”DO WE NEED A 10 FOOT BIKE PATH THAT GOES NO WHERE?” MURTHY KOTI/CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEER SAID, “IT’S A PIECE OF A BIGGER PROJECT..” THAT SOMEDAY WILL CONNECT TO THE PAPIO TRAIL SYSTEM. IT APPEARS A BUMPY RIDE LIES AHEAD FOR THE PROJECT. NORTH OF PACIFIC ON 114TH MIKE MCKNIGHT WOWT6 NEWS IN ABOUT SIX MONTHS, THE – 50- PROPERTY OWNERS AFFECTED — SHOULD BE GETTING A KNOCK ON THE DOOR. THAT’S WHEN CITY “RIGHT OF WAY” AGENTS — WILL HAVE APPRAISALS FINISHED AND MAKE AN OFFER TO BUY ANY PRIVATE PROPERTY NEEDED FOR THE PROJECT. THE WIDER STREET AND BIKE TRAIL — ARE SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN 20-18.