As part of a 2018 Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grant Program through Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the City of Eugene worked with Safe Routes to School (SRTS) partners at 4j and Bethel School Districts and applied for funds for improvements near six local schools. Families and staff worked with City staff and 4J Safe Routes to School staff to identify project areas.
The SRTS enhancement projects will improve transportation safety near schools, making it easier and safer for students to walk, bike and roll to school. 4j school district improvements include a crosswalk at Willamette and 34th, a crosswalk at Garfield and 14th, a crosswalk and school zone flashers at Chambers and 15th, and school speed zone flashers and radar at Harlow Road. Bethel school district improvements include a crosswalk at Terry and Donohoe, a crosswalk at Barger and Altimont, school speed zone flashers and radar at Barger Drive, and traffic calming speed bumps at Marshall.
The funds were approved in 2019 with construction beginning in 2020. All of the projects are nearing completion, with Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB’s) and pedestrian lighting coming soon. After striping is completed on Chambers, all the crosswalks will be open for use. Traffic signal work for the projects will be finalized in November, 2020.