CITY OF HOMER
PUBLIC WORKS TELEPHONE (907)235-3170
3575 HEATH STREET HOMER, AK 99603 FACSIMILE (907)235-3145
TO: Walt Wrede, City Manager
FROM: Carey Meyer, Public Works Director
DATE: June 19, 201
RE: Relocation of Mariner Park Driveway Access
Request Authority/Funding to Move
The location of the access drive into Mariner Park (from Homer Spit Road) has received complaints regarding safety. Its proximity to the highway curve to the south of the park entrance creates sight distance problems (see attached aerial photo). There have been vehicular and pedestrian accidents at this location.
Moving the park entrance to the north would increase sight distances for vehicles coming off the Spit and for those entering and exiting the park (see attached aerial photo and conceptual design drawing). The new location would also provide pedestrians with a safer corridor to cross the highway. The Parks and Recreation Commission and the Police Chief has expressed their concerns about this conflicting turning movement situation.
Attached is a cost estimate to relocate the driveway entrance. The cost is estimated to be $30,000.
Recommendations: The City Council pass an ordinance amending the FY 12 operating budget and authorizing up to $30,000 from the Parks and Recreation Depreciation Reserve Fund to relocate the entrance into Mariner Park and authorizing the City Manager to execute all appropriate documents necessary to complete the work.