The Philomath City Council plans to meet at 6 p.m. Friday at City Hall to provide direction on funding for the Downtown Safety and Streetscapes Improvement Project.

Image from Oregon Department of Transportation

City Manager Chris Workman at the Aug. 8 council meeting reported that the lowest of four construction bids for the project came in a couple of million dollars over the budget. As a result, an engineer had planned to go through the bids line-by-line in an effort to determine how those increased financial responsibilities should be split between the Oregon Department of Transportation and the city of Philomath.

“The most important part of what we are looking at is how much is ODOT going to pick up and how much are they going to look to the city and say, ‘hey, can you step up with a few more dollars?’” Workman said at Monday’s meeting.

The streetscapes project has been a topic of discussion ever since the completion of the Highway 20/34 couplet in 2008 with design and engineering beginning to take shape by 2012. Two years ago, the city and ODOT signed an agreement for full funding of the project.

Over the past couple of years, community members have provided feedback on the preferred theme and design. A timeline estimated construction to begin in September with the project to be completed by June 2024.

For those not attending in person at City Hall, the meeting will also be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel.