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U.S. 101: SE 16th Street to SE 36th Street (Lincoln City): Nelscott District
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Nelscott District
A key piece of project design is the look and feel of the Nelscott District, an important strip of historic buildings along U.S. 101.
In the Nelscott District, there are two ways to modernize the highway.  One approach is to dig out the old highway and fully rebuild a new one; the other option is to build the new one over the old one. The rebuild option involves retaining the Nelscott strip with separated parking and a drive-through lane.  The build-up option would affect the height of the roadway such that parallel parking would be along the highway next to a pedestrian plaza in front of the Nelscott businesses.  Both options would affect utility relocation costs for the city and other utility owners.
State and local officials worked with Nelscott business owners to determine what the best option would be and requested a decision from the City Council.  The Council voted to support the drive-through roadway design that is similar to what exists for the Nelscott business strip today. This option maintains the uniqueness of the Nelscott business strip but it is expected to have greater utility conflicts that will have to be resolved.