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Transportation plan open houses set for December

Government — Discussion will focus on proposed improvements, timeline for concerns

McMINNVILLE — The November storm dubbed Snowmaggedon never came, but it did lead to numerous events being cancelled just in case the dire predictions came true. One such event was Yamhill County’s Transportation System Plan (TSP) open house, now rescheduled for Dec. 11.

The TSP is required of the county as a part of its comprehensive plan. Bill Gille, road department county engineer, said the original TSP dates back to 1996, making it more than dated.

The open house will present and discuss 21 proposed improvement sites in the county, many of which are along Highway 99W.

“There were more but at some point you have to say let’s draw the line here and at least address these,” Gille said. “Frankly, we don’t have enough money to address the top 21.”

This doesn’t mean, however, that additional concerns won’t be heard at the meeting.

“If more spots come up … we still take that testimony and potentially it could become one of the top 21 if it’s truly bad enough,” Gille said.

The presentation will also discuss options for each of the proposed sites with issues ranging from poor road conditions, dangerous intersections, a lack of turning lanes and distance concerns.

“We’re not really bound by those options, but it sets the stage for if these are things we would consider if that project came up and was funded, than this is the scope of things,” he said. “Whether the project looks like that, who knows, but at least that’s a new starting point and an area for discussion.”

The timeline for these improvements will also take place.

“We just elected a new county commissioner (Stan Primozich), so we’ll allow him to come on board and get his feet down and then start the process of reviewing this update with the entire board and figure out how much they want to do as far as work sessions,” Gille said. “We’ll also take this to the county planning commission, because once adopted it’s in the county comprehensive plan.”

The presentation begins at 5 p.m. at the Yamhill County Public Works Office.

Newberg sets its own TSP meeting

The city of Newberg will hold a Newberg Transportation System plan open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Public Safety Building, 401 E. Third St. Attendees will learn how the first phase of the Newberg-Dundee bypass will affect Newberg’s traffic and transportation for the downtown area, as well as hear other transportation news.

Dundee will scrutinize its TSP

The city of Dundee will hold an open house examining the elements of its current and future transportation system plan from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at the fire station, 801 N. Highway 99W. For more information or to arrange for Spanish language translation, call 503-538-3922.

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