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Downtown Brookings - Highway 101 Project
Project Overview
 
The purpose of the Downtown Brookings – Highway 101 Transportation Solutions project is to identify a strategy to increase traffic safety, improve operational conditions, and alleviate future capacity problems on, and adjacent to, U.S. Highway 101 (U.S. 101) in downtown Brookings, Oregon.
 
The 1999 Oregon Highway Plan (OHP) designates U.S. 101 as both a Statewide
Highway and a National Scenic Byway. The downtown area of Brookings (between
Pacific Avenue and Alder Street) may also be designated as a Special Transportation Area (STA) to enhance its function as a downtown “Main Street” that serves the community, and to help provide safe pedestrian movement along and across the highway. U.S. 101 serves as the primary arterial for local transportation
needs within the Brookings city limits, and is a major regional route serving tourism
and recreation destinations, commerce, and freight movement. The functions served
by U.S. 101 are vital to the economic viability of Oregon’s south coast region.
 
Analysis of recent crash history for the study area shows that the section of U.S. 101 between Pacific Avenue and Oak Street exceeds the statewide average for similar highways and traffic volumes by 35 percent. In addition, the study area includes five sites within the top 10 percent statewide ranking for the Safety Priority Index System (SPIS). Most of the crashes occurred where U.S. 101 intersects with local streets. The most common types of accidents involved turning movements and rear-end collisions, although pedestrians have also been involved. Without transportation and safety improvements, the crash rate is expected to increase.
 
Increases in local and regional traffic, population growth, and economic development are projected to cause a deterioration of operational and safety conditions on U.S. 101 in downtown Brookings. In future years, vehicle “queuing” would become an increasing problem, as lines of vehicles stopped at signals would block more secondary roads and driveways. Future congestion problems would also negatively affect bicycle and pedestrian mobility. Currently there are no dedicated bicycle lanes on U.S. 101, and many sidewalks are not in compliance with ADA standards.
 
The evaluation of potential alternatives designed to address safety and congestion
issues on Highway 101 in downtown Brookings are contained in the Draft Environmental Assessment and 4(f) Evaluation report. A copy of this draft environmental assessment is included on this project website.


For more information:

Jared Castle
Public Information Specialist
Voice: (541) 957-3656
Jared.B.Castle@odot.state.or.us

Matt Malone
Project Leader
Voice: (541) 957-3503
Richard.Malone@odot.state.or.us