Central Eugene in Motion

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Project Description

Started in early 2019, the Central Eugene In Motion study explores planned and potential traffic changes with a focus on three key areas: Downtown on 8th Ave, Midtown Willamette Street, and the Amazon to Riverfront connection. The geography for the Central Eugene In Motion study includes Lincoln Street on the west, 5th Avenue on the north, High Street on the east, and 20th Avenue on the south. Within this area there are two-way streets, one-way couplets, sidewalks, bikeways, and transit stops. Download a project information sheet here. 


Why are we doing this study?

As our greater downtown develops, it is important for Eugene’s transportation network to have safe and comfortable connections regardless if travel is by car, on foot, bike, bus, or personal mobility device. Downtown Eugene is the heart of our community- people need to access downtown for many different reasons and at different times of the day and week. Some of the current challenges of getting to and around downtown include one-way streets and a lack of comfortable biking facilities for people regardless of age or riding confidence. Through Central Eugene In Motion, the community explored options for addressing these challenges in three key focus areas. 


The Eugene Transportation System Plan 2035 (TSP) identifies projects and goals that help meet citywide objectives. These objectives include decreasing the burning of fossil fuels, increasing residential density and affordable housing opportunities, growing economic vitality, and decreasing traffic-related injuries and deaths. The TSP has identified the tripling of active transportation mode share (walking, biking, transit) as instrumental for achieving mobility and transportation equity over the next 20 years. Because of this, projects like protected bikeways, complete streets, and intelligent transportation systems will be priorities for transportation spending moving forward.


Based on projects and goals identified in the TSP, potential transportation changes that will be explored through the Central Eugene In Motion process include:

  • Changing one-way streets to bi-directional streets to reduce out-of-direction travel
  • Improving bicycling infrastructure to encourage more people to ride bikes
  • Making changes to lower traffic speeds to reduce injury severity
  • Enhancing transportation corridors for improved safety and mobility (such as changes to traffic signal timing and installation of crosswalks)
  • Removal of on-street parking
  • Reducing the number of travel lanes

2020 Project Update: Amazon to Riverfront Connection

Decisions on selected alternatives for 8th Avenue Downtown and Midtown Willamette Street were announced in January 2020- visit the Engage Eugene project page for details. However, no decision was made on the Amazon to Riverfront connection, as further community outreach and evaluation was required. After a community process that included stakeholder meetings, two open houses, surveys, online mapping, a trial evaluation of a one-lane section of High Street south of 11th, a series of focus groups with sub-area stakeholders, design refinement with affected property owners, and a final staff and leadership review, Alternative #3 was selected for the Amazon to Riverfront connection: a two-way protected bikeway on High Street. 

 

We have begun the design and engineering process and will plan to construct the High Street Bikeway in 2022. We will continue to work with key stakeholders and property owners as we develop the design. 

 

The two-way protected bikeway on High Street will include the following:

  • Installation of a two-way protected bikeway on High Street (19th Avenue to 6th Avenue)
  • Removal of one travel lane on High Street (19th Avenue to 11th Avenue)
  • Parking removal on some blocks of High Street (1th Avenue to 6th Avenue)
  • Bike signals at all existing traffic signals
  • Updated bike wayfinding signs
  • Connection to the new 13th Avenue Bikeway (linking the University of Oregon campus to downtown Eugene)
  • Connection to the Amazon Path and the Riverbank Path (linking to the new Downtown Riverfront Development)

Planning Process & Public Involvement

The Central Eugene In Motion process was created to work directly with the community to identify existing transportation issues, explore ideas, and identify preferred design concepts for projects listed in the 2017 Eugene Transportation System Plan.


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Contact

To learn more about this process contact Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, at 541-682-5727.