Central Eugene in Motion

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Project Description

Started in early 2019, the Central Eugene In Motion study explored planned and potential transportation changes with a focus on three key areas: Downtown on 8th Avenue, Midtown Willamette Street, and the Amazon to Riverfront connection.  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 the Central Eugene In Motion process, the community explored options for addressing these challenges. Download a project information sheet.


The geography for the Central Eugene In Motion study included:

  • Lincoln Street on the west,
  • 5th Avenue on the north,
  • High Street on the east,
  • 20th Avenue on the south
  • Within these areas there are two-way streets, one-way couplets, sidewalks, bikeways, and transit stops.

Why did we conduct 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. 


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. 


Based on projects and goals identified in the TSP, transportation options explored through the Central Eugene In Motion study included:

  • 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

What's Happening with Central Eugene In Motion Now?

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. It explored solutions for three key corridors: Downtown on 8th Avenue, Midtown Willamette Street, and the Amazon to Riverfront connection. 


Decisions on selected design alternatives for Downtown on 8th Avenue and Midtown Willamette Street were first announced in January 2020, and the Amazon to Riverfront connection design was announced in September 2021. Read more on Engage Eugene.


Downtown on 8th Avenue: 8th Avenue Streetscape & Protected Bike Lanes Planned for 2021

The project will repave 8th Avenue from Lincoln Street to Mill Street, convert the section to a two-way street, construct protected bike lanes from High Street to Lincoln Street, add 4-way and 2-way stops at key intersections, and widen sidewalks and reconstruct sidewalk access ramps. Motor vehicle parking on the south side of 8th Avenue will be removed and parking on the north side will be relocated away from the curb, to allow for the protected bike lanes. The project aims to create a safe travel option for community members of all ages and abilities to access Downtown Eugene and destinations in between. 


We have begun the design and engineering process and will plan to construct the 8th Avenue Streetscape project in 2021.  Construction is expected to begin in August of 2021 and will wrap-up in spring of 2022. 


The 8th Avenue Streetscape Project will include the following:

  • Repaving on 8th Avenue from Lincoln to Mill Street 
  • 2-way conversion on 8th Avenue from Lincoln to Mill Street 
  • Protected bike lanes on 8th Avenue from High to Lincoln Street
  • 4-way stop at 8th Avenue and Willamette Street and at 8th Avenue and Olive Street 
  • 2-way stop at 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street 
  • New stormwater planters will to clean water runoff from city streets

Midtown Willamette Street: Two-Way Conversion & Repaving of Willamette, 20th and Oak Planned for 2021

Willamette Street, from 18th Avenue to 20th Avenue, will have a new look as it is converted from a one-way section to a two-way section. The project will also two-way 20th Avenue from Willamette to Oak Street, and Oak Street from 20th to 19th Avenue. Additionally, the signal at 18th Avenue and Willamette Street will be replaced, streets that show signs of deterioration will be repaved, and sidewalk access ramps will be reconstructed throughout the project in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The updates will allow all street users to continue in both directions, with two-way motor vehicle travel and bike lanes on both sides of the street.  


The Willamette Street Two-Way Conversion & Repaving will include the following:

  • Convert Willamette Street from 18th to 20th from one-way to two-way 
  • Convert 20th Avenue from Willamette to Oak from one-way to two-way 
  • Convert Oak Street from 20th to 19th from one-way to two-way 
  • Replace the signal at 18th and Willamette  
  • Repave streets that show signs of deterioration 
  • Reconstruct sidewalk access ramps throughout project 

We have begun the design and engineering process and plan to begin work on the project in April of 2021 and continue through midsummer. 


Amazon to Riverfront Connection: High Street Two-Way Protected Bikeway Planned for 2022

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. The bikeway will connect the Amazon Path to the Riverbank Path — creating a comfortable and accessible travel option for community members of all ages and abilities to access south Eugene, downtown Eugene, and destinations in between.

 

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 High Street two-way protected bikeway 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 (11th 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.


Public Involvement:


Contact

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