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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Signal Changes on River Road Support Vision Zero Goals

As many of you know, the City of Eugene has adopted a Vision Zero Resolution with the goal that no loss of life or serious injury on our transportation system is acceptable. Vision Zero is a data-drive plan that looks at trends and crash data to help inform updates or changes to our transportation system. The River Road corridor was identified as a prime candidate for an update to bring it into alignment with the Vision Zero plan. At 14 intersections along River Road, the PWM traffic signals crew installed new dedicated left-turn signals to help reduce or eliminate the number of crashes involving a left-turning vehicle being struck by a forward moving vehicle. These signal heads include state-of-the-art controllers and a communications infrastructure upgrade to provide more time for left-turning vehicles to clear the intersection. Signal timing has also been improved to prevent a left-turn light turning green while a pedestrian "walk" light is on, to help better protect pedestrians at these intersections.

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