Traffic calming projects can help Eugene achieve safety goals by using a variety of engineering techniques, including installing speed cushions and speed humps, to reduce speeding on local streets. Reducing vehicle speeds helps improve the safety and comfort of people walking, biking and driving.
Jefferson Street, a Vision Zero High Crash Network street, was selected as the 2021 traffic calming project and speed cushions will be installed this fall. Traffic calming speed cushions will be installed from 13th to 28th Avenue, with the intent of addressing speeding traffic, reducing crashes and improving safety for all people using the street. A contractor has been selected and the project is expected to begin construction in October 2021.
Welcome Way will be next, with traffic calming scheduled for 2022. The project will focus on Welcome Way from Royal Avenue to Candlelight Drive, but may be extended to cover a portion of Candlelight Drive by Danebo Elementary School. Reducing vehicle speeds is particularly important given the area's close proximity to Danebo Elementary School and Candlelight City Park. There will be several opportunities to engage with City staff about the project including the October 20 Active Bethel Citizen's General Meeting.
If a street near you is unsafe, and you think it qualifies for traffic calming, you can learn more here: eugene-or.gov/1729. Prior to being considered for traffic calming, a speed study is required to determine whether a street is eligible. The speed study can be initiated by:
- Submitting a petition with 25 percent of the properties on a street represented
- A neighborhood association requests that a street be studied
- City staff determining that traffic calming should be considered as part of a capital project