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U.S. 101: SE 23rd Street to SW 35th Street (Lincoln City): Overview
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Current Status
ODOT has nearly completed the design work.  The project will construct three lanes from SE 23rd Street to SW 35th Street, and will include curb, sidewalk, ADA ramps, drainage, and landscaping.   The project will also include realignment of the west and east legs of 32nd Street and a new traffic signal and pedestrian crossings.
Construction activity will begin in early 2014 with the relocation of utilities within the project area. This work is not overseen by ODOT, but the public can direct questions to the individual utilities or agencies.   Click here to view a complete list of utility contact information.            
In spring of 2014, ODOT’s contract will be awarded, and construction of the two year project will begin soon after.
Some of the larger design elements include: replacement of two large culverts on US101 and 32nd Street, and a number of retaining walls. The retaining walls will be used to reduce impacts to Baldy Creek and wetlands, as well as provide room for expansion of the highway.

Congestion from SE 12th Street to SE 36th Street on U.S. 101 has become more frequent. Within the project area, as well as other parts of Lincoln City, the highway is nearing capacity. This means there are more vehicles using the road than can pass through without causing congestion. This project builds upon other capacity and operational improvement projects in parts of Lincoln City, such as Taft and Oceanlake. Without these types of improvements, congestion will worsen. This is one step towards improving the capacity along U.S. 101 in Lincoln City.  Due to funding constraints we are only able to make incremental improvements.  We recognize there are other needs throughout the city.  Future improvements outside the project limits would need to be identified as a needed project through the Area Commission on Transportation
In Aug. 27, 2007, Lincoln City’s City Council and ODOT endorsed the following project goals.
  • Improve capacity on U.S. 101.
  • Improve safety and operations at 32nd Street to provide opportunities to make left turns on and off of U.S. 101.
  • Improve pedestrian facilities and provide opportunities to cross U.S. 101.
  • Minimize the footprint of the improvements while meeting design standards.
  • Minimize impacts to local businesses.
  • Visual and aesthetic enhancements should be considered as the route is a Scenic Byway.
  • Improve operations by implementing an access management plan and/or strategy.
  • Project will be consistent with the future needs of U.S. 101 and draft Transportation System Plans.
  • The design should maintain the uniqueness of the Nelscott area and promote economic development.
  • Minimize economic and financial impacts to the City of Lincoln City, specifically utility relocation and right- of- way costs.