Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
The programs contains two parts:
Activities that enhance, expand, or improve the transportation system
Activities that fix or preserve the transportation system
For program years 2018-21, the City of Eugene has submitted two STIP Enhance applications:
- River to Ridges Bikeway (Phase 3)
- Roosevelt Path/HWY 99 Path Connection
River to Ridges Bikeway (Phase 3)
Through the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan process the community reconfirmed a decades-old desire to develop a family-friendly bicycling connection from south Eugene to the Willamette River and the Ruth Bascom Path network that straddles the river. A portion of the network, the Amazon Path, extends 1.4 miles through the center of Eugene (Phase 1). In 2018 the City constructed an additional 1.2 miles of protected bikeway on the south end of the corridor (Phase 2). The remaining gap links the existing path which feeds parks, schools, and neighborhoods, into downtown Eugene and its shopping and employment destinations. The connected network will provide a continuous, separated, safe, and comfortable bicycling connection between neighborhoods, recreation opportunities, schools, transit stations, and employment centers.
Roosevelt Path/HWY 99 Path Connection
There is a missing link in the transportation network in northwest Eugene between the Roosevelt Path and the HWY 99 Path. The project will infill a shared use path in the gap between two existing shared use paths. The missing link is approximately 1500’. Project reduces conflicts between modes and improves pedestrian and bicycle access between key destinations. Gap was identified during HWY 99 Path scoping process.
Successful Applications from 2015-18
The City of Eugene won the following grants for program years 2015 through 2018. See the project descriptions for both planned and pending projects.
The Jessen Path will be a key active transportation facility for the 28,228 residents of the Bethel neighborhood in northwest Eugene. The Jessen Path will create an east-west link across the north side of the neighborhood that connects to the Beltline Highway shared use path and eventually to the regional path network. The 12-foot wide path will extend 7,250 feet along the south side of the 222-acre Golden Gardens Park which is a significant natural and recreational resource for northwest Eugene. The Jessen Path will include human-scaled lighting designed to light the path for user safety but with shields to reduce skyward illumination and lighting of sensitive natural areas.
NE Livable Streets
NE Livable Streets implements a significant portion of the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. The solution would develop Livable Streets that are comfortable for walking and bicycling trips over a large geographic area (7.8 square miles) of the city and increase access to transit stops. Projects include developing a bicycle boulevard network comprised of enhanced wayfinding signs and shared lane markings, traffic calming, pedestrian islands, stutter flash pedestrian signals (RRFBs), and widening of sidewalks at critical crossing locations and bus stops.
Award of this grant will benefit 33,000 people in three neighborhoods (Cal Young, Harlow, Northeast). Facility development includes a consistent wayfinding sign network and shared lane pavement markings, traffic calming in strategic areas to reduce automobile speeds and increase comfort for walking and bicycling, and installation of pedestrian islands and signals to make it easier to cross arterial streets. These improvements would also increase access to transit stops, and make it easier for school children to walk or bike to school.
Amazon Active Transportation Corridor
Amazon Active Transportation Corridor helps to implement the City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan by extending the popular Amazon Path further into south Eugene and making related investments that will enhance safety and accessibility in the Hilyard and West Amazon Corridors. This grant would fund a few key multimodal improvements that will make it easier to walk, bike, and access transit in south Eugene. The implementation of the project will help establish a major component of the River-to-Ridges active transportation corridor linking the Ruth Bascom River Path on the north to the Ridgeline Trail on the south.
- Widening the concrete sidewalk from 34th Avenue to the existing Tugman Park path network (approximately 4 blocks) to 12’ shared use path standard.
- Install a two-way separated cycle track on West Amazon Drive featuring a physical barrier between the cycle track and automobile travel lane from Hilyard Street on the north to Snell Street on the south.
- Reconstruct the Rexius Recreation Trail from Hilyard Street to Martin Street.
- Install two additional prefabricated bridges and reconstruct the existing bridge to current standards. Proposed locations include even spacing along the corridor at 36th Avenue, 39th Avenue, and Dillard Road.
SmartTrips Regional Residential Program
SmartTrips Regional Residential Program is a comprehensive approach to reduce drive-alone trips and increase biking, walking and public transit in targeted geographic areas of the city.
SmartTrips incorporates an innovative and highly effective individualized marketing methodology that hand-delivers packets of information to residents who wish to learn more about their transportation options including transit, walking, bicycling, carpooling and combining trips.
Key components feature biking and walking maps and organized activities that get people out in their neighborhoods or places of employment to shop, work, and discover how many trips they can easily, conveniently, and safely make without using a car.
Proposed SmartTrips Target Areas
- West Eugene EmX Corridor (Eugene)
- West Bethel neighborhood (Eugene)
- Main Street/McVay (Springfield)