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Trails and safe highway crossing in Honeyman State Park topic of public meeting

June 9, 2015

Florence, OR--Providing safe pedestrian crossing of Highway 101 at Honeyman State Park will be discussed at a public m eeting set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on June 18 at Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue's upstairs meeting room, 2625 Highway 101 N., Florence. The meeting is a follow-up to a May 27 meeting on the same topic.

Planners will share findings from the first meeting, summarized at honeymanstatepark.com. Alternatives for trail development and management, including alternatives for crossing Highway 101, will also be discussed.

Highway 101 bisects the park, with trails on both sides of the highway and a pedestrian overpass connecting them. Hikers and runners also use an unofficial trail that crosses the highway at road level. Planners are in the process of reviewing the entire trail system and how best to connect the two sides of the park.

The meetings are an opportunity for trail users to share ideas on safely crossing the highway, best routes, trailheads, destinations and recreation needs. Comments will be used to update and refine the concepts laid out for the trail system in the 2009 master plan.

The public is also invited to comment online and participate in a short survey at honeymanstatepark.com. Comments can be made by email at jaime.english@oregon.gov; by phone at 503-986-0723; or by mail to Jaime English, OPRD, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.