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U. S. 395: Sidewalk Improvements in John Day


We’re glad you’ve stopped by to learn more about the upcoming project. We will upgrade sidewalks to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) along the west side of U.S. 395 (South Canyon Boulevard) in John Day. The project starts at Southwest Sixth Avenue and continues to Grant Union High School. Work also includes widening the existing bicycle lane and installing curbs and gutters for storm runoff.

This online open house gives you project information and an opportunity to ask questions.

This open house closes Friday, July 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Please visit each station below to learn about the project. Visit Station 3 to leave your email address if you wish to hear back from us.

Additional Information

Thank you for visiting our online open house.

Please visit each station to learn more about the project.

You may go directly to a station using the buttons below, or click the Get Started: Project Overview button at the top of the screen to move through the stations in order.


Learn why this project is needed and its benefits.
Learn more about the project and potential impacts to the community.
Submit comments, sign up for project updates, and contact the project team.

Purpose and Overview

This Safe Routes to School funded project improves bicycle and pedestrian access along U.S. 395-C (South Canyon Boulevard) in John Day, between Southwest Sixth Avenue and Grant Union High School. The project supports the John Day Transportation System Plan by increasing capacity and connections for pedestrian and bicycle users.


U.S. 395-C serves as a major route through John Day. It connects businesses and homes with the elementary, middle and high schools. Sidewalks between Grant Union High School and Southwest Sixth Avenue do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, or do not exist. This places pedestrians, especially children traveling to and from school, in unsafe situations. Existing bicycle lanes are located next to busy, fast-moving traffic, making travel unpleasant for children and less experienced riders.

We will enhance safety along the corridor by improving pedestrian and bicycle access between downtown John Day and schools.

Project benefits

By connecting the existing sidewalk system to Grant Union High School, we will provide a safer place for students to walk to and from school.

Specifically, we will enhance safety along the corridor by:

  • Building new sidewalks to current ADA standards.

  • Widening existing bicycle lane.

  • Installing curbs and gutters for stormwater runoff.

  • Constructing stormwater facilities.

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  • Deteriorating sidewalk

    Deteriorating sidewalk

  • Bicycle lane

    Bicycle lane

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Project Details and Impacts


The project is currently in the design phase. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022.

Estimated project cost:

The cost estimate is $1.8 million. Funding comes from the Safe Route to School (SRTS)
program and the Multimodal Transportation Enhance Program (MTEP).

Potential Impacts

Traffic impacts:

During construction, you can expect lane closures during daylight construction hours. Flaggers may be necessary to control alternating one-way traffic. Pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will have access through or around work zones.
Construction impacts:
Temporary impacts to underground and overhead telecommunications, power and cable television lines may be necessary. More information will be available prior to construction.
Environmental impacts:

Negligible environmental impacts are expected for this project. ODOT staff have conducted appropriate testing and permitting, and have specific documentation.

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Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in this project. This online open house is made available to inform you about the project.

Next steps.

As we get closer to the project start date, scheduled for 2022, we will have more details about the traffic impacts and potential closures and detours.

We will post the information to the project webpage.

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Click here to take our survey and submit questions on the US395: Sidewalk Improvements in John Day. Your input will help us tailor future outreach to make sure we are getting the word out about project updates.

U.S. 395: Sidewalk Improvements in John Day online open house survey.

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Contact us

Please contact us if you want more information or wish to comment on the project.

For more information

Visit the project website for construction updates. Link to project webpage.

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