Alder Street Neighborhood Greenway
Alder Street will be repaved in 2019 from 24th Avenue to 27th Avenue. The pavement replacement project includes rehabilitating the existing pavement by resurfacing the existing pavement, replacing striping, and updating sidewalk access ramps for universal access. Funding for the project comes from the voter-approved 2017 Pavement Bond Measure.
The City of Eugene Transportation System Plan 2035 (TSP) identifies Alder Street as a Neighborhood Greenway from 24th Avenue to 35th Avenue. The repaving of streets provides an opportunity to implement projects from the TSP. In this case, neighborhood greenway elements could be added to the project.
A neighborhood greenway is a low-speed, low-volume street that provides a comfortable environment for all street users. Neighborhood greenways prioritize walking and bicycling by adding wayfinding signs, pavement markings, and improved crossings of busy streets. Alder Street from 19th Avenue to 24th Avenue is an example of a neighborhood greenway because it includes traffic diversion at 19th Avenue and 24th Avenue which lowers automobile volume and it contains shared lane marking (sharrows).
Possible Neighborhood Greenway Elements for Alder Street
City staff is currently working with the Amazon Neighbors Association and other community members to identify appropriate elements for the neighborhood greenway on Alder Street.
These may include:
- Traffic Calming – is used to slow the speed of automobile traffic. The City of Eugene generally uses speed bumps as they are the most effective traffic calming device.
- Shared Lane Markings – sometimes called “sharrows”, shared lane markings are pavement markings that identify where people riding bikes should ride on the street. They also communicate the street is a bike route.
- Enhanced Pedestrian Crossings – are facilities installed on busy streets to make crossing the street easier for people walking and bicycling. Pedestrian islands, curb extensions, high-visibility crosswalk markings, and flashing beacons are example of facilities used by the City of Eugene.
- Wayfinding Signs – are signs that guide people bicycling on the street to other bikeways in the network and to destinations along each bike route.
- Additional Traffic Controls – such as stop signs can be used to prioritize through movements of people riding bicycles.
Timeline and Project Limits
The Alder Street Neighborhood Greenway will be constructed in 2019. Pavement replacement will occur from 24th Avenue to 27th Avenue. Neighborhood greenway elements are currently being explored for Alder Street from 24th Avenue to 30th Avenue.
If you’d like more information on this project please email Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, at the City of Eugene. Or call 541-682-5727.