Access concluded that sight-line calculations should be based on traveling speeds of 65 to 70 mph, not the 60 mph employed by OBEC.
OBEC made initial calculations based on the posted speed limit of 55 mph but bumped it up to 60 mph after looking more closely and taking measurements at the Goodpasture site, said Gary Rayor, principal engineer at OBEC.
OBEC said three of the sites have "fatal flaws": Ike's Landing and Old Fish Hatchery have severe flood impacts and could struggle to get the necessary environmental permits for lake fill; and Indian Creek, a long and narrow parcel that sits below the adjacent Highway 126, flunked the criterion test for constructability.
Recent follow-up work by OBEC suggests that the Goodpasture site fails to provide adequate sight distance for vehicles entering the highway from a boat ramp landing, and that either highway improvements would need to be made or the posted speed limit lowered.
Volunteer work has its rewards, said Greg Ausland, an OBEC project manager and one of 16 employees working at the raptor center.
While that has benefits for OBEC, the reason for volunteering each year has more to do with the firm's mission statement, which includes giving back to the community, Ausland said.
Pam Swenson, an administrative secretary for OBEC, took some time to see what the raptor center does.