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Trail’s End Art Association and Gallery – July Show & Gearhart ArtWalk – Saturday, July 2nd from 2:00pm to 5:00pm – featuring Kathy Karbo

The Trail’s End Art Association (TEAA) will open a new show for July featuring member Kathy Karbo with Pulse: Paper Play.  There will be a reception on July 2nd, during the Gearhart Art Walk, 2-5 pm, where Karbo will demonstrate her techniques. The show will be open Fridays- Sundays, 10am – 5 pm from July 1st to 23rd, 2022.

The theme of the show is the strength in numbers—making multiples: equal parts: obsession, meditation and discovery are created by artist Kathy Karbo. Each fish, fruit, or vegetable is beautiful, but it is the multiplication of these single pieces that gives weight and impact to the works. Kathy Karbo has worked as a performing and visual artist for over 35 years.  She graduated from the National Shakespeare Conservatory and worked as an engineer for Public Broadcasting Service in New York City before studying colonial crafts at Montclair Historical Society. Basketry was her gateway drug to the world of art and craft… From there, her affinity for sculpture has led her to explore book arts, fiber arts, puppetry, mosaic, and metal arts. Her work has won awards and been exhibited both nationally and in Canada. Karbo will also be teaching Eye Candy: Paper Sculpture at TEAA in August.

Life at the Oregon coast has afforded her the opportunity to teach at Sitka Center for the Arts and Ecology, the Newport Paper, and Book Arts festival, TEAA in Gearhart and Astor Elementary School.

Trail’s End is the oldest non-profit art association of its kind on the Coast. In addition to new gallery shows of original art that changes monthly, there is also an entry gallery featuring prints, greeting cards, jewelry, pottery, and more. The gallery is located at 656 A Street in Gearhart. TrailsEndArt.org. Phone 503- 717-9458 and email trailsendartassociation@gmail.com  ##


Ridge Path Work Party Next Week!

The second work event for the joint NWSC and City of Gearhart Bee Pollinator Project along the Ridge Path is next week, Wednesday, June 29th! We could really use a few more volunteers for this worthy cause.

If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty in the name of improving the quality of pollinator habitat along the Gearhart Ridge Path, we need your help!

The Necanicum Watershed Council is seeking volunteers to assist with invasive species removal along the Gearhart Ridge Path as part of a project they are heading up, in partnership with the City of Gearhart and the Oregon Wildlife Foundation, to remove aggressively invasive English Holly and English Ivy from stretches of the path.

The Necanicum Watershed Council will provide gloves and some tools, however if you have your own that you’d like to bring and use, more power to you!

The City of Gearhart will assist with management of debris. 

Please prepare for a variety of weather by bringing water, snacks, and water resistant/proof layering options in case of varying forecasting. 

PLEASE, share this information with your neighbors and friends! This will be the first of a handful of removal events in preparation for a fall planting.

We’re excited to see all your faces out on the trail 9 a.m. on June 29th! Meeting place will be the Ridge Path access off of City Hall – 698 Pacific Way.


U.S. 101: Gearhart Facility Plan 3rd Open House NOW LIVE!

VISIT THE OPEN HOUSE! Active through the 27th!

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This is the 3rd and FINAL open house for the Gearhart Facility project. CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

The open house and feedback period both close June 27th.

walking lane rendering

What the Open House looks like:

Welcome to the Open House!

We have a new draft plan for future changes to U.S. 101 through Gearhart. This plan aims to make it safer and easier to get around for people walking, cycling, driving, and taking the bus.

This is the third and final open house for the U.S. 101: Gearhart Facility Plan. Read on to learn about the improvements proposed in the Draft Facility Plan, then share your thoughts in a survey at the bottom of the page.

The open house is organized into the following sections:

  1. Project Overview – Learn about the Facility Plan and what it will do.
  2. Corridor Improvements – See some of the improvements in the Draft…

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Ridge Path Bee Pollinator Project Work Party is WEDNESDAY!

TOMORROW morning at 9 a.m.!!!!!!!!!!

Official City of Gearhart Blog

If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty in the name of improving the quality of pollinator habitat along the Gearhart Ridge Path, we need your help!

The Necanicum Watershed Council is seeking volunteers to assist with invasive species removal along the Gearhart Ridge Path as part of a project they are heading up, in partnership with the City of Gearhart and the Oregon Wildlife Foundation, to remove aggressively invasive English Holly and English Ivy from stretchesof the path.

The Necanicum Watershed Council will provide gloves and some tools, however if you have your own that you’d like to bring and use, more power to you!

The City of Gearhart will assist with management of debris.

Please prepare for a variety of weather by bringing water, snacks, and water resistant/proof layering options in case of varying forecasting.

PLEASE, share this information with your neighbors and friends! This will be…

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U.S. 101: Gearhart Facility Plan 3rd Open House NOW LIVE!

This is the 3rd and FINAL open house for the Gearhart Facility project. CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

The open house and feedback period both close June 27th.

walking lane rendering

What the Open House looks like:

Welcome to the Open House!

We have a new draft plan for future changes to U.S. 101 through Gearhart. This plan aims to make it safer and easier to get around for people walking, cycling, driving, and taking the bus.

This is the third and final open house for the U.S. 101: Gearhart Facility Plan. Read on to learn about the improvements proposed in the Draft Facility Plan, then share your thoughts in a survey at the bottom of the page.

The open house is organized into the following sections:

  1. Project Overview – Learn about the Facility Plan and what it will do.
  2. Corridor Improvements – See some of the improvements in the Draft Facility Plan.
  3. Share your Feedback 💬- Provide feedback in a brief survey.
  4. Stay Involved – Learn about the final steps in the project and how to stay up to date.

💬 = Page includes questions or opportunities for comment.

How to use this site

  • Simply scroll or swipe through the online open house.
  • You can also click or tap on the headings at the top of the page to go to a specific section.

Section 1: Project Overview

What is the U.S. 101: Gearhart Facility Plan?

This Facility Plan is for U.S. 101 in Gearhart. The Plan will identify specific improvements to U.S. 101 that will address needs and can be funded and built in the future. Needs on U.S. 101 through Gearhart include:

  • Improving traffic safety.
  • Making it safer and more comfortable for walking and biking.
  • Crosswalks that are easy to see and comfortable to use.
  • Improving bus stops.
  • Landscaping and street trees.
  • Street lighting.
  • Fixes for flooding issues and storm water.

The final Facility Plan will be reviewed for adoption by the Oregon Transportation Commission. Then it will guide future improvements on U.S. 101 through Gearhart.

A draft of the Facility Plan was recently completed. You can download and read it from  here . Please also share your feedback in the  survey . Responses to the survey will shape the final Facility Plan.


Section 2: Corridor Improvements

The Draft Facility Plan includes a number of projects to improve conditions for all people traveling on U.S. 101 through Gearhart. These improvements were developed with stakeholder and community input, and have been refined by technical experts to make sure they will address the project goals.

The projects in the Draft Facility Plan are summarized here. Projects are described by type:

  • Lane Reconfiguration.
  • Crosswalks.
  • Intersection Treatments.
  • Corridor Improvements.

To learn more about the projects, check out the Draft Facility Plan in the  Project Library  below.


Lane Reconfiguration

U.S. 101 would be reconfigured to have three driving lanes through the length of Gearhart: one northbound lane, one southbound lane, and a center turn lane. This matches the lane configuration at the north and south ends of the city. A three-lane configuration brings many benefits, such as:

  • Simpler and safer left turns. Left turns would only require crossing one lane at a time and can use the center turn lane.
  • Easier and safer pedestrian crossings. Crossing three lanes is less distance and less traffic to cross than crossing four or five lanes.
  • Calmer and safer traffic. One lane in each direction reduces potential for speeding.
example cross section with a sidewalk on the west side and a walking lane on the east side.

Reconfiguring the lanes would also make space for walking and biking. The new roadway would have a buffered bike lane in each direction to make it easier to bike in the city and make it more comfortable for people biking the Oregon Coast Bike Route.

Space to walk would be added along the full length of the corridor as either:

  • Sidewalks along commercial areas.
  • Walking lanes along less developed areas.
SIDEWALKS Commercial areas would have a sidewalk on one side or both sides, as shown here. The sidewalks could include landscaping to collect storm water runoff and reduce potential for flooding.

Crosswalks

New crosswalks would provide a more comfortable and safer experience while walking in the corridor. All crosswalks would have a median pedestrian refuge island in the center lane, where people can safely wait for traffic from the right to clear.

Six new crosswalks are proposed, as shown in the map below.


Intersection Treatments

The Draft Facility Plan includes improvements at two intersections to improve safety and traffic flow:

  • Gearhart Lane & U.S. 101.
  • Pacific Way & U.S. 101.

More details available in the  Draft Facility Plan .

Gearhart Lane & U.S. 101

roundabout option

Two options are recommended at this intersection.

  • Maintain existing stop signs
  • Install a new roundabout (shown in the map). A single-lane roundabout option would improve traffic operations and provide safety benefits. This is an aspirational option that would need more engineering and community outreach to advance.

Pacific Way & U.S. 101

Adjust the northwest corner sidewalk. This project would realign the skewed crosswalk on the north side of the intersection so it would have a shorter crossing distance.

realigned crosswalk option

Corridor Improvements

Other improvements in the Draft Facility Plan would make U.S. 101 more comfortable and safer.

Landscaping would improve the look of the highway, help separate sidewalks from traffic, and can also help encourage safer driving by visually narrowing the road.

Gateway treatments use signs, art, or landscaping to indicate to drivers that they are entering a community. Gateway treatments help encourage safe driving and reinforce community identity.

Gateway treatments would be at the north and south ends of the corridor.

Illumination at areas of high interaction or pedestrian activity would make walking and biking more comfortable when it’s dark and would improve safety for all users. Specific locations would be determined in the future and would consider ways to minimize light pollution.


Section 3: Share Your Feedback!

Now that you’ve learned more about the improvements in the Draft Facility Plan, please share your feedback in the survey below. This will help us update and finalize the Facility Plan.

Survey

Be sure to hit Submit at the bottom of the survey to record your responses. All questions are optional and you can skip anything you prefer to not answer.

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Tell us about yourself

Please take a few more moments to tell us about yourself. Your information will help us understand how to be more effective in our outreach.

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Section 4: Stay Involved

Thank you for participating!

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this open house! Your feedback is very important and will help the project team refine the final Facility Plan.

Follow the project and stay up to date on future participation opportunities by visiting  the project website .

Stay connected!

If you would like to contact the project team, please reach out to the project lead, Senior Region Planner Ken Shonkwiler at Kenneth.d.Shonkwiler@odot.state.or.us


Project Library

Project documents are posted here as they become available.

Project Website

Draft Facility Plan

TM 10: Preferred Alternative

TM 9: Alternatives

TM 8: Corridor Concepts

TM 7: Opportunities & Constraints

TM 6: Future No-Build Conditions

TM 5: Exisiting Conditions

TM 4: Analysis Methodology

TM 3: Project Vision & Goals

TM 2: Plan and Policy Review

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