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City adopts plan for downtown, riverside

Question remains: What to do next?

The Estacada City Council further solidified what Estacada will look like 20 years from now when it formally adopted the Estacada Downtown and Riverside Area Plan during its June 27 meeting.

While the adoption of the plan lays out the planning pieces for Estacada's future, nothing is set in stone yet on the timing of implementation of phases, as funding for projects will be a significant hurdle.

Depending on funding, the plan is broken into projects, and whatever the city's priorities are, it can pick and choose what project to complete when the time is appropriate. If the city includes all projects in the plan, Estacada's downtown and riverside area facelift will cost more than $5.8 million.

With the plan's adoption, City Manager Bill Elliot said, the council's next objective will be to sit down and talk about implementation strategies.

'There's already prioritization of projects within the plan, but now it's what do we want to focus on and where do we want to go with it,' Elliot said. 'When we get the final printed up version of the plan sometime next week, we will schedule a discussion at a regular council meeting or a work session.'

Elliot said that, more than likely, the city will want to focus on working with the Oregon Department of Transportation in terms of street realignments.

To improve overall circulation and access to Estacada, this portion of the plan proposes to realign Main Street by adding an s-curve so it intersects with Highway 224 further to the east and vacate Currin Street south of Fourth Street.

To connect to the riverside, the plan proposes to relocate Acacia Road westward adjacent to Sparky's Pizza. With that realignment, current Main Street access to Highway 224 and the current Fifth Avenue access to Main Street would be disconnected.

ODOT officials have said the realignment project on Highway 224, which will include a traffic signal, would cut in half the number of accidents that occur in the area. ODOT has its portion of the Highway 224 realignment on its six-year plan.

'When ODOT puts a signal in, that's really going to trigger some actions on 224,' Elliot said. 'We need to be ahead of the game in our planning and I think we have two to three years to start figuring out how we are going to keep up with those changes.'

From there, council will decide on how to implement the other phases of the plan including the Broadway Street and Southwest Beech Road plan, which suggests diagonal vehicle parking on permeable pavers in the parking area with decorative street furnishings. The plan includes warning strips for cross walks, new unified columnar street trees and room for small-scale sidewalk café seating.

For both Main Street and Second Avenue, the plan suggests adding standardized, less ornate street furnishings to both of their streetscape plans as well as adding pavers and warning strips in crosswalks.

For Main Street, the plan proposes to keep bike lanes in both directions with parallel parking and tree wells every two to three parking spaces.

If the city goes ahead with all phases of the plan (which can be found in detail at the city's website cityofestacada.org), the cost estimate of more than $5.8 million will exceed the amount the city has the ability to raise through existing revenue sources. Other funding sources will be necessary to implement the entire endeavor.