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U.S. 395: Sidewalk Improvements - John Day

Construction Phase

Region 5: Eastern Oregon (John Day, Grant)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Build new sidewalks and a bicycle lane along the west side of U.S. 395 (South Canyon Boulevard) in John Day, between Southwest Sixth Avenue and Grant Union High School.

The new sidewalks will meet ADA standards.​


Traffic Impact

Enlarged Project Map

For the week of August 8:

​There is no change to traffic impacts.

Road shoulders are closed from SW Sixth Avenue, milepost .55, to the entrance of Grant Union High School, milepost .85.

You can expect flaggers and intermittent lane closures at times during daylight construction hours. Flaggers may be necessary to control alternating one-way traffic.

Pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will have access through or around work zones.

Construction Impacts

​​Temporary impacts to underground and overhead telecommunications, power and cable television lines may be necessary.

Meetings and Events

We held an online open house on June 21-July 7, 2021. The information presented in the open house remains available for review at the following link.​


Construction is ongoing and scheduled for completion in October.



​This Safe Routes to School funded project improves bicycle and pedestrian access along U.S. 395-C (South Canyon Boulevard) in John Day, from Grant Union High School to Southwest Sixth Avenue. The project supports the John Day Transportation System Plan by increasing capacity and connections for pedestrian and bicycle users.

Existing Conditions 
U.S. 395-C serves as a major route through John Day. It connects businesses and homes with the elementary, middle and high schools. Sidewalks between Grant Union High School and SW Sixth Avenue do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, or do not exist. Pedestrians, especially children traveling to and from school, are placed in unsafe situations. Existing bicycle lanes are located next to busy, fast-moving traffic, making travel unpleasant for children and less experienced riders.
The project enhances safety along the corridor by improving pedestrian and bicycle access between downtown John Day and schools. Improvements include:
  • Building new sidewalks to current ADA standards.
  • Widening existing bicycle lanes.
  • Installing curbs and gutters for stormwater runoff.
  • Constructing stormwater facilities.


U.S. 395 |

​South Canyon Boulevard between Southwest Sixth Avenue and Grant Union High School.

Cost and Funding

​The cost estimate for this project is $1.8 million.

Funding comes from the Safe Routes to School​ (SRTS) program and the Multimodal Transportation Enhance Program.


​Tidewater Contractors, Inc.


​Currently, this portion of South Canyon Boulevard provides only a few substandard sections of sidewalk. We will connect the existing sidewalk system to Grant Union High School, providing a safe place for students to walk to and from school. We will widen the existing bicycle lane to improve bicycle safety and access. New curbs and gutters will also help redirect water into the storm drainage system.

Contacts & Media

Project map.


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Project Contacts

Region 5 Community Affairs Specialist
Vicki L Moles

Last Updated

8/5/2022 9:00 AM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
18918_US395 Sidewalk Improve_Proj-Info-Paper_051121.pdfProejct Information Paper for project 18918_051121