Last Updated: February 7, 2024

PROJECT TYPE:

Sidewalk Improvements

PROJECT VALUE:

$835,000

Timeline

Design & Right-of-Way

Spring 2024 - Fall 2025

Construction

2026
CONTACT INFORMATION:

Andi Zontek-Backstrum, PE
CIP Manager/Deputy Public Works Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (509) 548-5275, Ext. 134

 

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Currently, Ski Hill Drive has very limited pedestrian facilities. As a major collector, Ski Hill Drive experiences a proportionately large volume of the City’s traffic. Additionally, a portion of the corridor currently lacks any pedestrian facilities and only has an existing bicycle lane for one direction of travel. Therefore, pedestrians are frequently observed walking within the bicycle lane, parking stalls, and driving lanes and southbound bicyclists are frequently observed biking within the existing parking lane.

The goal of the Ski Hill Drive Phase 2 project (Phase 2) is to continue the Phase 1 improvements along the remainder of the Ski Hill Drive corridor, from Evans Street north to Pine Street. The scope of Phase 2 is to construct sidewalks on the west side of Ski Hill Drive, remove all parking stalls, and stripe a buffer-separated southbound bicycle lane. With the completion of both the Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects, there will be continuous, ADA-compliant sidewalks from US 2 to Pine Street on the west side of Ski Hill Drive and both northbound and southbound bicycle lanes.

As part of this project, the City will pilot a new approach to both calming traffic and aesthetically enhancing the corridor. This will be completed by placing flower boxes within the buffer area between the southbound driving lane and southbound bicycle lane. The planters will provide vertical separation for drivers, encouraging them to slow down, while also adding greenery and flowers, as in line with Leavenworth’s Bavarian Alpine theme.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What is the purpose of this project?
The goal is to enhance pedestrian safety along the Ski Hill Drive corridor by providing ADA-compliant sidewalks and crosswalks.

 

Where is this project located?
Sidewalks and bicycle lanes will be constructed on the west side of Ski Hill Drive from Evans Street to Pine Street.

 

I live in the project area. How will this impact me?
Access will be maintained to all driveways to the fullest extent possible. There will be periods where residents will not be able to park in their driveways due to construction activities. Residents will be provided updates during construction.

 

I don’t live in the project area but I drive, bike, or walk on Ski Hill Drive. How will construction of this project impact me?
Ski Hill Drive will remain open throughout construction. Please expect shoulder closures on the west side of the roadway. There may be times that necessitate closing one driving lane, which may cause very short delays for vehicles. The existing bike lane will remain open.

 

How will this project impact parking along Ski Hill Drive?
All existing parking stalls on Ski Hill Drive between Evans Street and Pine Street will be removed and replaced with a southbound bike lane as part of this project. This will be a continuation of the improvements made during the Ski Hill Drive Phase 1 project that were constructed between US Highway 2 and Evans Street in 2023.

 


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