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.
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.
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.