“That’s really been the goal from the beginning, to separate the path from the highway,” O’Leary said. “That presents some challenges.”
ODOT has made a commitment through its eight-year plan to make improvements along Highway 9, and the construction of the path could coincide with those projects. The application deadline is Aug. 5.
The city will pursue the application and already has opened discussions with ODOT regarding right-of-way access.
That access is needed on the existing project from 24th Avenue Southeast to 36th Avenue Southeast.