North Bend's Pickett and Boalch streets to get much-needed maintenance

In anticipation of an extra $400,000 in annual sales tax revenue, the North Bend City Council has committed to rebuilding stretches of two of the city's worst streets.

In a 4-2 vote, at its June 5 meeting, the council authorized the sale of up to $1,430,000 in bonds for the reconstruction of Pickett Avenue between Northeast Sixth Street to Northeast Twelfth Street, and Boalch Avenue reconstruction. These two projects, estimated to cost $690,000 and $625,000 respectively, are the highest priorities listed on the city's six-year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Only projects identified on the city's six-year plan can use funds from the new transportation benefit district sales tax, which voters approved last November. The sales tax change, from 8.6 percent to 8.8 percent, took effect in January, but city officials did not expect to receive funds from the tax until halfway through 2012.

Other high-priority projects on the list, with start dates anticipated in 2013, include creating a right turn lane for northbound traffic turning from Bendigo onto Park Street, and reconstruction of sidewalk on Second Street.


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