53rd Street RR Overpass

Project ID: 
53rd Street RR Overpass
Project Type:
Project Status: 
Under Design
SW 53rd Street and Reservoir Rd
Corvallis, OR 97333

This project was first conceived back in 1988. While waiting for planning for the corridor and funding alternatives, the project started and stopped numerous times over the years. The project improves a safety concern and flooding problem at the railroad crossing of 53rd Street.

The County was awarded MPO funds to provide final design of the overpass and obtain needed right-of-way. David Evans and Associates (DEA), is working on final design along with County staff.

Estimated Construction Cost : $7 million

For more information about the project, those interested can contact County Engineer Laurel Byer at 541-766-6821 or by email at laurel.byer@co.benton.or.us

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) :

1. Why do you have to go over the railroad instead of under the railroad or at grade? ODOT Rail, who reviews all highway improvements that impact railroads, states in their guidelines that At Grade crossings are extremely discouraged. While there is a way to get At Grade crossings, the situation has to be very unique to get that kind of approval. We do not have anything that truly prevents us from going over or under the railroad so we will not get that approval for an At Grade crossing. In preliminary cost estimates, we found that going over rather than under was more cost effective.

2. Why has this project taken so long? The concept was considered long ago. Funding is the biggest obstacle. We recently found funds (MPO) to purchase right of way which gave this project some traction. Once the right of way is obtained, we will then need to seek more funds through a grant or other means. We have already applied for grants, but this project does not compete well with other larger projects which compete for funding.

3. What are MPO funds? This project exists within the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. This is a federally created region of population 50,000 or more that gets specific funding for urbanization.

Status Updates

Last Updated : January 23, 2018

UPDATE 01-23-18  Please see files below for responses to questions, comments, and concerns that were compiled at the Neighborhood meeting.

11-14-17 Held a neighborhood meeting at the Fairgrounds

9-8-17 - Seeking funding package for construction

7-15-17 - Obtained final right-of-way needed for project

9-6-16 - Did not receive FAST Act funding.

Anticipated Schedule :

June 2016 through December 2018 : Complete Final Design

June 2016 through December 2016 : Property Appraisal and Right-of-way negotiation

December 2016 and beyond : Looking for funding opportunities.