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As summer heats up, community reinvestment projects are moving forward in North Bend, and with that, construction season is well underway. While these improvements are necessary, businesses that are in the vicinity of the construction must contend with noise, vibrations, and messy streetscapes. Two projects are occurring in town this summer that do just that: the 2nd Street Watermain and Roadway Replacement project, and the North Bend Way Sidewalk project.
The City reminds residents and visitors that businesses on 2nd Street and North Bend Way remain open. Please consider supporting these downtown businesses during this challenging period of construction.
The 2nd Street Watermain and Roadway Replacement project began in June, and work continues between the two blocks of Ballarat Avenue and Bendigo Boulevard (SR 202). Businesses located along this stretch of roadway include Pro Ski and Mountain Service, Arete Coffee Bar, Pearl and Stone Wine Co, the SnoValley Chamber of Commerce, Kelly R. Garwood, Arbor Eyecare and Umpqua Bank.
The 2nd Street project is an important element of the City’s 2022-2027 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program, in addition to also being a crucial component of the 2020 Water System Plan. This work aims to improve transportation infrastructure, while also reducing water distribution system leakage. The 2nd Street project is expected to be complete by mid-September, but work is weather dependent.
The North Bend Way Sidewalk project began in July, and work commences on North Bend Way East. Businesses located along this stretch of roadway include Rio Bravo and the local Shell gas station.
The project will contribute to the City’s Sidewalk Gap work. It will enhance connectivity and pedestrian safety along a busy street. Residents can expect new curb and gutter in this area, as well as new sidewalk and driveway, ADA curb ramp installation, storm drainage infrastructure installation, street trees with root barriers, streetlights and additional parking. The North Bend Way Sidewalk project is expected to be completed by end of September.
For more information about businesses and nonprofit organizations in North Bend, visit the Business Directory located on www.DiscoverNorthBend.com. Questions can be emailed to Tom Mohr, PE, Deputy Public Works Director, at TMohr@northbendwa.gov.
The City apologizes for any inconveniences caused by these improvements project and asks the community for its patience during this summer construction season.