Franklin Blvd Project FAQ


What is the project?  

The City of Eugene is starting a one-year 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 City of Eugene’s 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.


Isn’t this an ODOT road? 

It was in the past.  In 2006 ODOT transferred ownership of the road between Washington and Walnut Streets to the City of Eugene. In November 2018, the length of road between Walnut Street and approximately 0.54 miles to the east was additionally transferred.

Jurisdiction Transfer of Franklin Blvd Map



What is the project area? 

The City is working on plans to transform Franklin Boulevard into a street that serves all travelers including people who walk, bike, ride the bus and drive. The project area extends from Alder Street to Interstate 5 and includes Garden Avenue and its connections to Franklin Boulevard.

Project Study Area



Why weren't the south side of Franklin and its connecting streets included (e.g., 15th Street) in the project area?

The south side of Franklin is included in the project area, including all of the streets Franklin currently intersects with.


How can the public influence the design? 

The project kicked off in October 2018 and will conclude in late 2019. Opportunities for community input are being provided throughout the process, including two multi-day design workshops structured to bring stakeholders together. The first workshop took place late January 2019. The second will be held late May 2019.  Sign up for the Franklin Blvd Newsletter here to keep up to date!


Is the design already determined? 

No. The purpose of the two workshops is to create the preferred design with community input considered throughout the process.

 

Will the project narrow the road and if so, who decides, and when? 

We don’t know yet if the project will narrow the road.  The City of Eugene Public Works – Engineering Division will decide, input from stakeholders and the public will influence decisions made along the way.


What funding source is paying for this planning process? 

The planning process is funded by the United States Federal Highway Administration, with grants administered by Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Association.  The City is required to match these grants at 10.27%.


When might construction start on the redesign? 

Construction will be dependent on grant funding.  The earliest construction that may occur would be in 2022.  

 

What funding source will pay for the construction?

We don’t know.  It’s most likely that the City will pursue grants funds from the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).



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