Dufur is looking at new ways to address traffic on the main street adjacent to Dufur School, and a new community brand aimed at attracting visitors.
Like most schools, Dufur experiences a lot of traffic congestion at student pick-up and drop-off times. Compounding the problem, traffic entering town from the north on Oregon Highway 197 passes right by the school and often doesn’t slow down as much as it should. Vehicles are expected to drop from 65 miles per hour immediately to 25 miles per hour as they enter town.
A committee involving school and city officials, as well as the Oregon Department of Transportation, is working to bring together various resources including a grant for rough design, an action plan from Safe Routes to School, sidewalks and other street revisions that could help calm traffic through the area. A traffic count has already been done.
The school is also considering parking lot improvements and access route modifications designed to help manage the traffic issue. These are dependent on a bond expected to go before voters in November 2018.
The Dufur Chamber of Commerce has won a $10,000 grant from Oregon Tourism to help develop branding and related marketing materials to help bring visitors to the town. The work is being organized through a partnership of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, the Dufur Chamber, and the Port of The Dalles.
The partners are seeking proposals for brand development and forming a visual identity. Proposals are due by December 11, 2017, and the contract should be awarded by January 10, 2018.
For more information on the Request for Proposals, contact Kathy Ursprung at 541-298-4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.