We told you a couple of weeks ago that North Bend was likely to get a key grant to help with a traffic improvement project. It now looks like it’s official – which means getting out of the QFC parking lot will become much easier in the future.
On August 9, 2017, the City of North Bend announced they were awarded a $1 million grant from Puget Sound Regional Council for a new roundabout at North Bend Way and Park Street. The roundabout is slated to begin installation in the summer of 2018 and is expected to ease traffic congestion in the downtown area, especially near QFC.
Via press release the city said the roundabout “will create better and safer travel through downtown, as well as improved access to businesses and driveways along the downtown corridor.”
The project was listed as the number one priority in the city council’s latest 2018-2023 Transportation Plan, which was approved at the June 21st, 2016 council meeting. That Transportation Plan is used to prioritize funding for city transportation projects.
“This is very exciting news for citizens, tourists and business owners as it means safer and more efficient travel through our downtown,” Mayor Ken Hearing said. “Originally, the roundabout was planned to begin installation in early 2019. However, City Council re-prioritized the project from number four on the list of transportation projects to number one to support our community’s needs.”
The roundabout will feature a landscaped center island, ADA compliant sidewalks and shared use trails and connections. It will also feature a new lighting system, planting of street trees and permanent signage.
In an earlier story about the planned Park Street Roundabout, North Bend Public Works Director Mark Rigos estimated the total project cost to be $3.5-$4 million. In addition to the PSRC grant, other project funding sources include Transportation Impact Fees, Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Grant, REET funds, Water Fund (as water main replacement is also included in the project).