Short of the cost of the submitted bids, city staff will ask commissioners to increase funding for planned improvements on Northeast 16 Avenue between Northeast 26 Street and the Middle River.

The project includes installing bike lanes, widening the road, installing speed bumps, adding a sidewalk on the western portion of the street, re-grading the swales and adding more safety signage and pavement markings. The goal, according to a press release by the city, is “to reduce vehicular speeds along this roadway, and to enhance pedestrian safety in the area.”

“A couple areas have sidewalks but they’re not continuous,” said Assistant City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson.

If the commission approves the additional funding, city staff will bring the bids back at a future meeting to choose which firm will be given the contract.

If approved, Henderson estimates the improvements will take about 90 days to complete once construction starts.