PHOENIX, Ore. -- After more than seven months of planning, construction on Main Street has begun — repaving the thoroughfare to two lanes. The city's "Road Diet" is being reversed.
New pavement is being added and contractors are re-striping roads and crosswalks. New flashing crosswalk signals will be installed at 4th Street, to help ensure safety for pedestrians.
Mayor of Phoenix Chris Luz hopes this will be a new environment change for the city — and hopes it will bring more business to Phoenix after the Almeda Fire.
"Unfortunately we lost some businesses . . . those who have survived the fire are looking forward to the elimination of the road diet and having two lanes," said Luz.
The single-lane road has caused people to avoid Main Street, which has made an impact on businesses.
Knife River Corporation will be working on the roads until November 15. The company will do one lane, end to end, each day and keep thru traffic on the side not being worked on.
The next steps are to add streetscaping to the streets, which Mayor Luz wants to be a community project. Ideas for streetscape include lighting, ornate signage, benches, planters, garbage receptacles, trees, art work and more.
According to the Institute of Public Administration, streetscapes and their visual experience largely influence public places where people interact, and it ultimately helps define a community’s aesthetic quality, economic activity, health, and sustainability.
Mayor Luz will have community meetings for suggestions and streetscape ideas, or email suggestions to Chris.Luz@PhoenixOregon.gov