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Chris Henry
Transportation Planning Engineer

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Eugene, OR  97401
ph. 541-682-8472


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South Willamette Street Improvement Plan
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Following over a year of study, the Draft South Willamette Street Improvement Plan and Economic Study are now available for review. This is a significant milestone and represents the work of an inclusive and committed community involvement process that includes technical analysis, evaluation through sustainability criteria, and technical review. Of significance is the consultant team’s finding that Alternative #3 (3-Lanes with Bike Lanes) represents the best solution for South Willamette Street.
Meeting Dates

Eugene City Council Presentation:

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, noon

WHERE: Harris Hall, Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Avenue

City Council Presentation - April 16, 2014

Webcast - April 16, 2014
Eugene City Council Public Hearing:

WHEN: Monday, May 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Harris Hall, Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Avenue

Eugene City Council Deliberation & Action:

WHEN: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Harris Hall, Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Avenue
Economic Study

The City of Eugene collaborated with business and property owner representatives to develop an economic study of the potential economic effects of changes to the street configuration on area businesses and properties. The economic study, performed by ECONorthwest, is now available for review and is scheduled to be presented to the Eugene Planning Commission and Eugene City Council in April 2014.

What’s the Decision Making Process?

The Draft South Willamette Street Improvement Plan and economic study results are scheduled for presentation to the Eugene City Council on April 16, 2014. Following presentation of the Draft South Willamette Street Improvement Plan and economic study results, it is expected that the Eugene City Council will hold a Public Hearing (tentatively scheduled for May 19, 2014) to receive comments from the community. Eugene City Council deliberation and action on the Draft South Willamette Street Improvement Plan would occur at a date following the Public Hearing (tentatively scheduled for May 27, 2014).


As the project manager for the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan, I want to thank everyone for their continued participation in the process of making an important decision for the future of our community. Thanks, too, to our consultant team of DKS Associates, Cogito, and OTAK for their significant contributions to develop the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan. Working together, we’ve strived to provide valuable information needed to make an informed decision. We are able to achieve this with your thoughtful participation. Thanks. -Chris Henry

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The South Willamette Street Improvement Plan will explore options for people to easily and safely walk, bike, take the bus, or drive in an eight-block study area from 24th Avenue to 32nd Avenue. The goal of this study is to help South Willamette Street become a vibrant urban corridor accessible by bicycle, foot, car, and bus. Today Willamette Street is heavily used to reach many popular destinations, yet it is uninviting to pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and motorists alike. For years, many residents and business owners have shared complaints about the poor conditions on Willamette Street for walking and biking and the need to do something about it. 

The street has two travel lanes in each direction, with no left-turn lanes on the majority of the corridor. The narrow sidewalks are filled with many obstacles, such as mailboxes, utility poles, and trees or landscaping. Nearly 70 driveways cross the sidewalk in this area and create potential hazards for pedestrians and bicyclists. Vehicles stop in the outside travel lanes, blocking traffic.

Over the next 13 months, the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan will develop a complete street design plan for an active transportation corridor (providing for walking, biking, transit access, motoring and business access) that can be adopted and advanced as a capital improvement project for construction.

The Plan aims to:

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:

The Consultant Team conducts the technical studies and manages the public outreach:

 DKS Associates
Project Lead:
Scott Mansur and Peter Coffey
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Public Involvement Team:
Ellen Teninty, Christian Watchie,
Julie Fischer
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Land Use and Urban Design:
Tom Litster