By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Dundee considers highway sidewalks

The city secured a $1.5 million Transportation Enhancement Grant from the state. However, additional funding will be needed, and the councilors spent much of their meeting Tuesday considering ways they could raise it.

City Administrator Rob Daykin said the city has learned it will have to update noncompliant driveways to conform with the Americans with Disabilities Act, an expense it hadn’t been considering.

Typically, Daykin said, developers are responsible for major upgrades to streets and sidewalks, and adjacent property owners are responsible for ongoing maintenance. Given that precedent, he said, the council might consider asking adjacent property owners to bear part of the cost, using a downtown improvement district as the vehicle.

The council asked the city engineer to develop cost estimates for several different scenarios.

The council also authorized relocation of a water line lying in the path of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass and installing a sleeve under that route to accommodate a future irrigation line without tearing up expensive roadway. The state Department of Transportation has agreed to reimburse the city for its design and installation work, leaving it with only the cost of materials.

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