Franklin Boulevard Transformation
BUILD Grant Update
The Cities of Eugene and Springfield submitted a joint application for federal grant funding in May 2020. Unfortunately, we were not successful during this year's grant cycle. Application materials can be viewed here. To learn more about BUILD grants, you can visit the U.S. Department of Transportation’s BUILD Grant website.
Preferred Alternative Showcase
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020 the preferred alternative for Franklin Boulevard (also known as the preferred final concept design) was revealed at a public open house. The preferred design and all information shared at the event, including past public involvement events, can be found on the public involvement web page.
What is the project?
We're spearheading a planning process for Franklin Boulevard from Alder Street to Interstate 5, including Garden Avenue. The purpose is to transform Franklin from an auto-focused state highway to a pleasant, multi-modal urban street that is safe for people walking, biking, riding the bus and driving.
Why is it needed?
Franklin Boulevard, with its wide lanes, can be an unsafe and uncomfortable street. For people who walk, bike, or ride the bus, Franklin Boulevard can be a significant barrier to getting from place to place. Because of that, fewer people choose to walk or bike to make connections between the University of Oregon, surrounding neighborhoods and Willamette River trails to the north, hindering the our long-term efforts to reach climate reduction goals. The project will also encourage new ways for businesses and neighborhoods near Franklin Boulevard to redevelop the boulevard into a more comfortable connector of places, rather than a divider.
The project planning phase took place January 2019 through March 2020.
Design Discovery Workshop:
January 28 - 31, 2019
|A four-day workshop where we gathered community feedback and incorporated it into initial design concepts for a transformed Franklin Boulevard.|
Project Alternatives Evaluation and Screening:
February - May 2019
|Following the first design workshop, project alternatives were developed.|
|Design Open House:|
May 29, 2019
|An open house where we presented draft design concepts and project alternatives to the community so that they could benefit from community input and be revised.|
|Project Alternatives Design and Refinement:|
May - February 2020
|Following the second design workshop, project alternatives were refined and evaluated for a final design concept.|
|Open House: March 10, 2020||We presented the preferred final design concept to the community at a public open house for final feedback.|
|Corridor Analysis and Recommendation Report: Summer 2021||A report presenting the final analysis of the opportunities and constraints involved with transforming Franklin Boulevard, as well as final recommendations for how to design and implement an updated Franklin Boulevard.|
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Analysis and Documentation
March 2021 - December 2021
|Together, we and our partners will assess the environmental and related social and economic effects of the selected design alternative.|