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The City of Tillamook, ODOT, and Quincy Engineering took home the APWA Oregon Chapter’s Project of the Year Award for Transportation in the $25 Million to Less than $75 Million division.

October 25, 2019

Quincy's US101 @ OR6 (Tillamook) Section is announced as the APWA Oregon Chapter's Project of the Year Award

Quincy Engineering wins the 2019 APWA Oregon Chapter Project of the Year Award

The project provides connectivity of City parks for pedestrians and bicyclists

This $18M JTA (Jobs in Transportation Act) and federally funded project has improved traffic operations and safety on US101 and OR6 in Tillamook, Oregon. The City of Tillamook was a funding partner and major stakeholder.

As a popular tourist destination and thoroughfare to coastal beaches, traffic congestion through the city had been an issue for years leading up to the project, and narrow travel lanes in the couplet had resulted in multiple accidents. This project expanded the northbound leg (Main Avenue) from one lane to two, removed two slow-speed 90 degree turns, and widened travel lanes from 10 to 12 feet.

A consistent two-lane northbound section improves traffic flow all the way through the city.

This project also replaced the existing bridge over Hoquarton Slough with an expanded four-lane bridge with bike lanes, ADA-accessible sidewalks, lighting, and pedestrian overlooks, that meets seismic performance standards.

Before

After

Hoquarton Bridge Deck. The rails were painted orange to match the City's new branding.

A shared-use path was constructed along the abandoned railroad grade on the south side of Hoquarton Slough between Hoquarton Park and Goodspeed Park. The completed path fulfills a key element of the City’s Master Plan, providing a safe, efficient route that ties the City parks together and provides a separated bicycle and pedestrian crossing over OR6 in East Tillamook.

Over 100 old railroad ties were removed from the abandoned railroad during construction of the path, removing the chemically treated timbers from the floodplain and adjacent wetlands.

The project also constructed a system of stormwater treatment facilities all along US101 and OR6 which improve pavement drainage performance and remove sediment and target pollutants from surface runoff. This, combined with an overall reduction of impervious area by 1.04 acres, will contribute to improved water quality in Hoquarton Slough.

Curb extensions/bulb-outs with stormwater treatment planters

Another exciting feature of the project is the reconstruction of the 2nd Street block between Pacific and Main as a curbless Festival Street, which provides a common space that can be used for festivals, farmers markets, holiday events, flea markets, etc. The curbless design will allow for the setup of stages, tables, and food carts without the logistics and tripping hazards of normal streets.

The Festival Street, while common in European countries, is a novel idea in the United States

This project was a great example of a large project team collaborating with multiple major stakeholders, the public, and both ODOT and the City to develop a multi-faceted project that met project needs while adding significant amenities and aesthetic features to the area. Great job team!

The celebration doesn’t end there! Murraysmith also won an APWA Project of the Year Award for Transportation in the $5 Million to Less than $25 Million division. Take a peek here at how Murraysmith is helping to keep pedestrians safe, stormwater managed, and tributaries clean in Lake Oswego, Oregon!