The intersection of Tanner Road SE and SE North Bend Way will be realigned to a 90 degree angle to improve safety and visibility. Photo Courtesy of the City of North Bend

The intersection of Tanner Road SE and SE North Bend Way will be realigned to a 90 degree angle to improve safety and visibility. Photo Courtesy of the City of North Bend

North Bend approves road realignment and new traffic consultants

The city hopes to improve road safety at the intersection of SE Tanner Road and North Bend Way.

The North Bend City Council voted on April 3 to approve contracts for two new transportation consultants and to purchase the property necessary to realign Southeast Tanner Road.

The new transportation consultants, DKS Associates and TSI Transportation Solutions Inc, were approved to begin contracts for the city. North Bend Public Works Director Mark Rigos said their responsibilities would include support for transportation impact analysis reviews, technical support for hearing examiners in the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process, and would work to update the transportation section of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

The city doesn’t have any transportation engineers on staff, he said, so bringing on consultants is the best way to work on these projects. The city previously used engineering consultants Perteet, which had a more broad scope, but wanted to try both DKS and TSI as they were purely focused on transportation and traffic.

The city contracted with two firms to make sure that turn around times are fast and to compare the work they do. Rigos said some competition would help North Bend find how to get the best value for their money.

“We might have them provide different services, one firm might be doing transportation planning, and another might be doing engineer reviews,” he said. “Depending on what we find from them, we may use one or the other more often.”

One of the big upcoming projects is the six year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), a document that collects and prioritizes the transportation improvement projects for the next six years. Updated and adopted every June, the TIP will be one of the big projects for consultants in the next few months, Rigos said.

DKS Associates were contracted until Dec. 31, 2019, not to exceed $75,000. TSI Transportation Solutions’ work should not exceed $100,000.

The council also approved purchasing property that would allow the city to realign the intersection of Southeast Tanner Road and Southeast North Bend Way. The realignment is necessary to improve safety for drivers, Rigos said, and has been on the city’s TIP for three years.

The council had previously approved $35,100 for the purchase of the property, and the April 3 vote approved an additional payment of $2,154.26 from the sewer fund.

The two roads cross at a very acute angle, which makes it very hard for drivers to see oncoming traffic. The road also sees traffic often exceed 50 miles per hour, Rigos said. The goal is to realign the road to a 90 degree angle to improve the visibility and safety for drivers.

The realignment work itself will cost from $250,000 to $300,000, which will be funded by the transportation impact fees paid by developers, Rigos said.

More in News

North Bend Council appoints local business owner to vacant seat

Chris Garcia, former council member, appointed to vacant council position left by Jeanne Pettersen.

Primary voting begins Friday, and all 39 Washington counties will provide free ballot return postage

Voters in every county can return ballots via the U.S. Postal Service without paying for a stamp.

Bob Ferguson is going after controversial Trump administration policies once again. Photo by Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons
AG Ferguson takes on Trump’s immigrant family separation

Washington’s Attorney General plans to sue the federal government over the “zero tolerance” policy.

Numerous complaints against King County Sheriff’s deputies for issues like excessive force and improper search and seizure weren’t investigated due to internal misclassification, a new report says. Photo by Oran Viriyincy/Flickr
Report finds complaints against King County sheriff’s deputies weren’t investigated

An outside review says that allegations of excessive force and racially-biased policing weren’t pursued.

Rabid bat found near Woodinville

County health officials urge anyone who may have been exposed to the bat to seek treatment.

The Carlton Complex wildfire burned in north-central Washington state in 2014. Photo by Jason Kriess/Wikimedia Commons
King County burn ban now in effect

Other counties across the state have already enacted similar restrictions.

Firefighters respond to 17 year old male having drug reaction |Weekly Alarm Report

Fire agencies in the Snoqualmie Valley responded to the following calls

An example of a fish culvert that prevents fish from migrating through it. Creative commons
Fish culverts ruling will increase price tag for the state

The state will be on the line for $3.7 billion for fish culvert replacements.

SAATWA Board President Aseem Chipalkatti gives an opening speech to those who were in attendance Sunday afternoon. Hanson Lee/staff photo.
South Asian organizations look to take political action and advocacy to the next level

SAATWA and SAPAC are planning to push for political involvement and the political values of Washington’s South Asian community.

Most Read