WARRENTON — The city is moving ahead with two pedestrian routes to connect downtown to Warrenton High School and Fred Meyer.
The City Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to award a contract to OTAK Inc. for up to $55,000 to create a conceptual plan for the routes and identify the cost.
The idea is to build one route along Harbor Drive from downtown to Fred Meyer. The other route would run along S. Main Avenue from downtown to the high school.
OTAK identified a high number of uncontrolled crossings, which can result in potential conflicts between pedestrians and vehicle traffic.
Mayor Henry Balensifer said it can be dangerous for people to walk, especially at night. He said the project would be a big win for residents.
Balensifer said pedestrian routes have been a priority for commissioners dating back to when his grandmother was the mayor.
“So, if we can find some way to get this going, this is a commission priority that has been going on for decades. This would be a real feather in the cap,” he said.
Collin Stelzig, the city’s public works director, said OTAK will conceptually design the safest, convenient and most efficient route for each corridor.
OTAK will take input from the community before bringing a plan and cost estimate to the city for review and approval.