(Update: Adding video, neighborhood comments)
The city of Bend has received hundreds of applications for consideration in its new Neighborhood Street Safety Program. The program plans to fund several small-scale residential street projects around the city, addressing safety- and traffic-related issues.
The Neighborhood Street Safety Program received 362 applications, and 263 meet the program criteria as presented, officials said. The Neighborhood Leadership Alliance will now identify and prioritize the 26 top projects, two from each of the 13 neighborhoods. There were some requirements like the proposals had to be more than 3 blocks long and have more than 400 vehicles travel in the area daily.
The highest projects, totaling up to $800,000, will be recommended for construction.
The ranking will continue until Oct. 15. Project design and construction of the approved projects is expected to take place between June 2020 and October 2021.
The affected neighborhoods are: Awbrey Butte, Boyd Acres, Century West, Larkspur, Mountain View, Old Bend, Old Farm District, Farm District, River West, Southeast Bend, Riverbend Crossing, Southwest Bend and Summit West.
A Larkspur Neighborhood Association board member said Wednesday some projects that might be overlooked otherwise are low-cost projects that are easy fixes.