Roseburg Public Works commissioners agreed unanimously not to extend Black Avenue — a project that would have taken out four homes — at its meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The commissioners considered a handful of options for alleviating traffic in the area across the street from Fred Meyer in Roseburg. They chose to recommend just one to the Roseburg City Council.

One of the options would have extended Black Avenue to Goetz Street so drivers can access a turn signal on Garden Valley Boulevard. That project was estimated to cost $1.3 million, which included the costs of acquiring four homes. Public Works Director Nikki Messenger said that was more than the city had budgeted.

Instead, commissioners voted to recommend the city pursue just one of the four options outlined by a consulting firm. It involves slightly widening Black Avenue from the Garden Valley Shopping Center to Estelle Street with sidewalks, as well as repairing some underground piping. That option is estimated to cost $570,000.

The commission’s recommendation will be considered at the Roseburg City Council meeting on Monday.

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