By Don Nelson
The six-year transportation improvement plan adopted last week by the Winthrop Town Council includes several substantial projects that could be completed or get underway in 2014, depending on full funding.
Mayor Dave Acheson said that projects slated for next year either have funding in place – from state and federal transportation funds – or are in the grant application pipeline.
The plan is intended to lay out a schedule of the town’s most-desired transportation improvements such as streets, sidewalks and other amenities including recreational uses. Acheson said some proposed 2015 projects may have funding in place or in process, but most plans for 2016 and beyond do not.
Recently the town received a $110,000 federal grant that will be used as part of the extension of the Susie Stephens Trail through town.
The 2014 projects include:
• Extension of sidewalks on Castle Avenue for about three-tenths of a mile to its intersection with Corral Street, including curbs and gutters. The town is seeking $190,000 in state Transportation Improvement Board funds and plans to contribute and other $10,000 toward the project.
• Preliminary engineering for a proposed pedestrian underpass on the Chewuch River Bridge (Highway 20), along the east side of the bridge. The town is seeking $20,000 in state pedestrian/bike funds for the first phase in 2014, and $180,000 for construction in 2015.
• Extension of the Susie Stephens Trail to the Pardners Mini Market on Highway 20, using $701,000 in state funds. The $110,000 federal grant will be used to create road crossings on White Avenue, near Little Star Montessori School, and on the highway at Pardners.
• Pavement overlays on White Avenue, Roses Hill Road, Kenison Avenue, Wister Way and Perry Avenue, using $200,000 in state Transportation Improvement Board funds. Nearly a mile of new pavement would be overlaid.
• A major project to reconstruct upper Bluff Street for about four-tenths of a mile from the Bridge Street intersection to the north town limits, using $998,439 in combined state and federal funds. The street will be rebuilt and widened, and curbs, gutters, sidewalks and storm drains will be added.
Other projects in the plans include, in 2015, installation of handicapped-compliant pedestrian access ramps on existing sidewalks on Riverside Avenue; 2016, extension of a sidewalk through downtown to the Spring Creek Bridge; 2017, pavement overlays on Perry Street, Lince Avenue and lower Horizon Flats Road; 2018, pavement overlay on Castle Avenue; 2019, pavement overlays on Sundowner Road and Saddleback Road.