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Lyons, Scio and Mill City Urban Design Verification Study

Project Completed

Region 2: Willamette Valley and Northwest Oregon (Various Cities, Linn)

​​​​​​Study looked at potential pedestrian and bicycle improvements.

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enlarged study map iconWe worked with the cities of Lyons, Scio and Mill City to study OR 226 and OR 22, state highways that travel through their communities. This effort, also known as an “urban design verification” (UDV) study, identified lower cost improvements for people biking and walking. Improvements could include new signs, marked crossings, pedestrian activated signals, etc. 

The potential improvement ideas, if constructed, would make it safer and more comfortable to walk along and cross these highways on foot. The study also looked at bike lanes and intersection safety improvements, as well as other issues brought up by the public and stakeholders. 

Why is this study happening now?

We studied these highways to understand potential designs before future maintenance or other projects are planned for the area. With this study, we will look for funding to include the improvements along with other necessary work to make best use of our limited resources. For example, if we have a project to update the curb ramps, we may be able to also improve pedestrian crossings with new striping and signs that make it safer to cross the street. We defined these desired improvements as part of the UDV study so that they can be easily implemented later as opportunities arise. 

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Past Meetings and Events 

  • Archived online open house, live June 30 to August 6, 2023 to see our ideas for potential improvements.

  • In-person events:

    • Mill City 4th of July Celebration | Kimmel Park, 525 SE Fairview Street, Mill City | Tuesday, July 4, 2023 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    • Lyons Flea Market | Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 5th Street, Lyons | Saturday, July 15, 202311 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    • Scio National Night Out | ​Scio Fire Station, 38975 SW 6th Avenue, Scio  | Tuesday, August 1, 2023 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • ​​Check out our archived online open house​,​ live April 3 through April 23, 2023 to: learn more about the study, see the locations we're focusing on, find out the existing conditions in each city and share your thoughts and experiences.​​


The study was completed in 2023.


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​OR 226 | Between Front Street and the Santiam River Bridge in Lyons
OR 226 | Between SW Sixth Avenue and SE Ash Street in Scio
OR 22 | Between NE Third Avenue and NE Seventh Avenue in Mill City

Cost and Funding

​Planning: $125,000

We're currently not funded for design or construction. 

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

Contacts & Media

Study map highlighting Scio, Lyons and Mill City

Project Contacts

Region 2, Active Transportation Liaison
Jenna Berman

Public Information Officer
David House

Last Updated

2/29/2024 8:38 AM

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