Public Works EngineeringChris HenryTransportation Planning Engineer
99 East BroadwaySuite 400Eugene, OR 97401ph. 541-682-8472
SOUTH WILLAMETTE STREET IMPROVEMENT TEST
Seeks Business Participation In Economic Study
The Community Service Center at the University of Oregon is currently recruiting businesses along South Willamette Street to participate in the South Willamette Street Improvement Test. The purpose of this study is to determine if the restriping of the street from four lanes to three lanes led to an increase, decrease, or no change in total sales for businesses on Willamette.
Participation in the study involves confidentially submitting monthly sales revenue for a period of 18 months, beginning in January of 2015. Click here to find out more about the study and enroll. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
1) Support existing businesses and the commercial district’s vitality,
2) Create a balanced multi-modal transportation system,
3) Further City planning efforts to identify compact growth and redevelopment opportunities,
4) Foster a well-informed and involved community supportive of the plan.
Previous transportation studies of South Willamette Street suggested adding bicycle facilities, pedestrian crossings, improved transit stops, and reducing the number of motor vehicle travel lanes. This project will study how these changes to street elements could be implemented, and investigate the level of public support for these ideas. Critical to the success of the project is involvement by a variety of people informed by the sharing of information, interests and ideas to establish priorities and consider the tradeoffs between different street design options.
Read more about public involvement for this project here
How does the Willamette Street Improvement Plan relate to the South Willamette Concept Plan?
The results of this project will refine the street design portion of the South Willamette Concept Plan. The Concept Plan creates a long-term vision and identifies tools realizing that vision in the South Willamette area. One important goal of the Concept Plan is to create a neighborhood where services for residents are available in a “20-Minute” walk, and the street functions for a variety of users (Complete Streets policy).
The timing of the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan is good because it melds with the South Willamette Concept Plan, and could be completed in conjunction with needed pavement preservation work.
The City of Eugene Project Management Team reviews final reports and guides the planning process: