When asked about investing in their streets, safety, and urban forest, Eugene residents responded with a resounding YES! Unofficial elections results showed more than 64 percent of voters approved of Measure 20-333, the bond measure that sets aside $61.2 million to fix streets.
The funding will be used to repair 42 street projects, while setting aside $15 million for projects to improve walking, biking, safety and street trees throughout the community.
“Time and time again Eugene voters have shown that they care about the conditions of their streets and the safety of their transportation network,” said Mayor Lucy Vinis. “I’m excited to see how these funds will be leveraged to make our city a better and safer place to live.”
In addition to the street projects, City staff are now tasked with creating project lists for the walking, biking, safety, and street tree projects. Criteria for selecting projects include:
- Geographical distribution throughout the community;
- Community input on walking, biking, safety and street tree needs;
- Condition of shared use paths and other pedestrian and bicycle facilities;
- Projects and policies identified in the Transportation System Plan, Vision Zero Action Plan, and Climate Action Plan 2.0.
The draft project lists will be developed in consultation with the Active Transportation Committee for walking and biking projects, the Vision Zero Advisory Committee for safety projects, and the Sustainability Commission for street tree projects.
The draft project lists will be shared with the community for feedback. The Eugene City Council will adopt the final project list by November 1, 2023.
This is the fourth time Eugene voters have approved a street bond measure - 2008, 2012, 2017, 2022.