Paving Priority

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

Pocahontas Road: 10th Street To The Railroad Tracks

By Pat Caldwell

pcaldwell@bakercityherald.com

A proposal approved by the Baker City Council Tuesday night will capitalize on a joint deal with the county to deliver a much-needed upgrade to a section of Pocahontas Road later this summer.

The City Council sanctioned an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the county to repave the road between 10th Street and the railroad tracks in September.

That stretch of Pocahontas has produced complaints from drivers recently.

"The county has got a lot of calls on Pocahontas because the travel lanes are in really bad shape," Baker County Commission Chairman Fred Warner Jr. said during Tuesday's session at City Hall.

Under the IGA, the county will, in effect, act as the city's contractor and place the fresh asphalt on that busy part of Pocahontas, which passes St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City and also leads to the YMCA Fitness Center.

Pocahontas is also the preferred driving route to town for many of the people who live along Pine Creek and other rural residential developments in Baker Valley.

The city originally planned to repave the street in 2015.

See more in Wednesday's issue of the Baker City Herald.

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