OFFICIALS WANT TO MAKE PORT ENTRY SAFER
October 04, 2002 11:00 pm

By DAVID COURTLAND

Pilot Staff Writer

The Port of Brookings-Harbor is working with federal and county officials to make it easier for pedestrians to go from the Chetco River bridge to Lower Harbor Road.

"We're going to move quickly and fix that by working with state agencies," said Port Manager Russ Crabtree.

Crabtree is working with Senator Gordon Smith to get $300,000 for lighting at the southwest corner where Lower Harbor Road meets the highway.

A sidewalk and landscaping will be jointly paid for by Curry County and the port, said Crabtree, after funding for lighting is in place.

"If there's a chance for appropriations to combine the two, we'll do that," he said. "Otherwise, we'll just do the smaller package."

Crabtree is especially concerned about making the corner more accessible for the people with disabilities.

Currently the walkway on the south side of the bridge stops abruptly where a guard rail marks the turn onto Lower Harbor Road.

A sidewalk begins at the end of the guard rail, but to get to it without using the shoulder of Hwy. 101, joggers, bicyclists and pedestrians must cross an unpaved lot.

Crabtree said the project was prompted by two men riding motorized chairs who pointed the problem out to him in July during the Kite Festival.

"I want them to know I haven't forgotten about them," said Crabtree.