Public Works EngineeringChris HenryTransportation Planning Engineer
99 East BroadwaySuite 400Eugene, OR 97401ph. 541-682-8472
NEXT PUBLIC MEETING - JUNE 11, 2013
Community Forum #3: Rank & Refine the Alternatives
Community Forum #2 Summary and Outcomes
The City is moving forward with an in-depth analysis of 3 of the 6 alternatives presented at Community Forum #2:
Alternative #1 (4-Lane)
Alternative #3 (3-Lane with Bike Lanes)
Alternative #5 (3-Lane with Wide Sidewalks)
All of the street design alternatives have the potential to expand the sidewalk width within the existing public right-of-way. For alternatives #1 and #3, that means sidewalks could be widened to their maximum width of 9 feet (as many are currently). For alternative #5, the curb moves and creates the potential to expand sidewalks to a maximum of 13 feet within the existing public right-of-way.
The three alternatives provide the community and decision makers a range of options for the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan. This decision is based on both technical review and public input (conversations with the public, forum results, and public comments via phone and email).
Alternative #1 is proposed because it responds to community support to maintain the existing number of travel lanes. Alternative #3 is proposed because it incorporates the elements of a balanced, complete street design. Alternative #5 is included because it responds to community input to improve the street for pedestrians. Each of the alternatives includes bicycle routes on parallel streets to be developed as separate projects identified in the Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.
1) Support existing businesses and the commercial district’s vitality,
2) Create a balanced multi-modal transportation system,
3) Further City planning efforts to identify compact growth and redevelopment opportunities,
4) Foster a well-informed and involved community supportive of the plan.
Previous transportation studies of South Willamette Street suggested adding bicycle facilities, pedestrian crossings, improved transit stops, and reducing the number of motor vehicle travel lanes. This project will study how these changes to street elements could be implemented, and investigate the level of public support for these ideas. Critical to the success of the project is involvement by a variety of people informed by the sharing of information, interests and ideas to establish priorities and consider the tradeoffs between different street design options.
Read more about public involvement for this project here
How does the Willamette Street Improvement Plan relate to the South Willamette Concept Plan?
The results of this project will refine the street design portion of the South Willamette Concept Plan. The Concept Plan creates a long-term vision and identifies tools realizing that vision in the South Willamette area. One important goal of the Concept Plan is to create a neighborhood where services for residents are available in a “20-Minute” walk, and the street functions for a variety of users (Complete Streets policy).
The timing of the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan is good because it melds with the South Willamette Concept Plan, and could be completed in conjunction with needed pavement preservation work.
The City of Eugene Project Management Team reviews final reports and guides the planning process: