Brookings City Council approved a design firm to begin working on Ransom Avenue street improvements between Fawn Drive and Pioneer Road. Pictured is Ransom Avenue looking west from the intersection with Pioneer Road.   

Brookings City Councilors wasted no time at Monday’s meeting, moving forward on Ransom Avenue road work, appointing one person to the Budget Committee and re-appointing two people to the Planning Commission.

The regular meeting from start-to-finish took less than 10 minutes and all of the votes were unanimous 5-0.

Business owner Doug Brand was appointed to the Budget Committee. Forester Cody Coons and real estate broker Michelle Moroskyto the Planning Commission.

Councilors approved enlisting Dyer Partnership Engineers and Planners of Coos Bay to do the design work for the Ransom Avenue Street Improvement Project for an estimated $33,800.

City Public Works and Developmental Services Director Tony Baron explained the city plans on improving Ransom Avenue from Fawn Drive to Pioneer Road, approximately 530 lineal feet.

Work includes removing and replacing the pavement and stabilizing areas where the pavement has failed. Infrastructure work includes a new 12-inch storm drain and a 6-inch French drain to facilitate drainage in the area.

The total construction cost for the project was estimated at $265,000 and is budgeted from the City of Brookings fuel tax revenues.

“Super nice to see the gas taxes doing exactly what we want them to do,” said Councilor Brent Hodges. “I’ve had many comments about the streets getting better.”

The project is part of the city’s five-year street improvement plan that was presented to the council in 2018.

Baron said the city expects to go out to bid on the Ransom project in late spring — May to June — with the road work starting in early summer and being completed before school starts.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 23, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 898 Elk Dr., Brookings.


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