By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Dundee to review transportation issues

The city hopes to eventually offer irrigation water to riverfront property owners.

If it puts a pipeline sleeve into place now, before the Newberg-Dundee Bypass is built, it figures to save about $200,000 when it gets to the point of actually installing the line. So the council plans to consider that.

The council also will discuss the installation or improvement of sidewalks along the east and west sides of Highway 99W.

The city has obtained a transportation enhancement grant to cover its share of the cost. The council is mulling the idea of creating a local improvement district and asking it to develop a cost-sharing formula for raising the rest from frontage owners.

One issue the council is weighing is whether it makes more sense to install new sidewalks only where they are lacking, creating a patchwork of differing widths and looks, or tear up existing sidewalk and replace it, producing a uniform width and look. The latter would be more expensive, but would simplify the laying of sidewalk and installation of streetlights, allow the city to replace existing waterlines where needed and produce a better overall result.

The city is talking with the state Transportation Department about various options for designing and locating crosswalks, with an eye to good pedestrian connectivity, and the impact the new bypass might have.

The council also plans to review solicitor licensing regulations, garage sale regulations and city license fees, and set a framework for conducting an annual review with City Administrator Rob Daykin. It is set to meet at 7 p.m. in its city hall chambers, at 620 S.W. Fifth St.



Hopefully, ODOT will not follow through on "traffic dampening designs" forcing vehicles onto the bypass. There will be occasional wrecks on the two lane bypass forcing all of the traffic again through Dundee.

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