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ODOT seeks public help with Highway 101 improvements

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Oregon Department of Transportation seeks public comment on its plan for Highway 101 improvements through Gearhart.

Improvements are essential, the agency says, because Highway 101 is an important route for freight and other commerce, for residents and visitors to Gearhart and the coast.

The stretch through Gearhart has safety issues, particularly for those walking, biking, and crossing the highway.

Possible improvements include changing the number of traffic lanes, adding sidewalks and bike lanes, putting in more crossings or improving existing crossings, improving bus stops, improving lighting and landscaping and fixing flood issues.

A study of recent crashes on Highway 101 through Gearhart found that 72 percent involved rear-end collisions or turning crashes, according to ODOT.

Problem spots

** Highway 101 at Dooley Lane. Bud’s RV and campground is a destination for visitors, and community members have flagged this location as difficult or dangerous to cross.

** Highway 101 at Cottonwood Lane. With residences on the east and businesses, including the Great Wall Restaurant and a U-Haul rental on the west, the intersection was flagged as difficult or dangerous.

** Lack of bike facilities. While the stretch is part of the Oregon Coast Bike Route and the Oregon Coast Trail, there are no dedicated walking paths or bike lanes.

** Highway 101 at Gearhart Loop Road. Because of heavy traffic, it’s hard for drivers to turn into and out of businesses.

** Highway 101 north of Fifth Street. Flood hazard zones have been identified along both sides of the highway.

** Highway 101 near Pacific Way. There are many difficult pedestrian crossings and access for the elderly and people with disabilities is spotty.

To look at the plan or provide input, click here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/aa21244bbf04415bbdfda025eb07e8a1 or search the internet for “US 101 Gearhart Facility Plan Online Open House.”


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