Amazon Active Transportation Corridor
The Amazon Active Transportation Corridor project has been in development since 2012. It seeks to implement the "River to Ridges" path concept envisioned by city leaders since the development of the Amazon Path. In summary, the "River to Ridges" corridor would connect the Ridgeline Trail and Spencer's Butte in south Eugene to the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path and Willamette River on the north. A portion of this corridor is already constructed - the Amazon Path is a 12' concrete path from 34th Avenue to 19th Avenue. The Amazon Active Transportation Corridor project builds the southern end of the "River to Ridges" pathway. (A future projects is planned for 2019-20 to extend the bikeway north on High Street from 19th Avenue to 6th Avenue.)
In 2018, the City of Eugene will construct a two-way protected bike lane on the west side of East Amazon Drive from Dillard Road to Hilyard Street. This bikeway will provide the comfort of a shared use path by repurposing the parking lane on East Amazon Drive and separating traffic with a concrete curb. Building an off-street shared use path along the Amazon Park was not feasible due to environmental conditions.
The project also includes 3 crossings (pedestrian bridges) of Amazon Creek. The bridges will be located at 37th Avenue, 39th Avenue (replacing the existing bridge), and Dillard Road. The crossings will prefabricated 10' wide steel bridges over the creek with crosswalks across East Amazon Drive and West Amazon Drive.
In addition, the Amazon Active Transportation Corridor project includes rebuilding the running trail on both side of Amazon Creek from Hilyard Street to Martin Street. The new running trail will be built similar to Pre's Trail in Alton Baker Park which has shown good resiliency and drainage.
In 2018, the Amazon Path will be extended south to 36th Avenue on the west side of Hilyard Street. The existing sidewalk will be widened to 10' or more depending on site conditions. In the future, the sidewalk on Hilyard Street will be widened through Tugman Park from 36th Avenue to the existing east/west path that terminates at 39th Avenue.
Please direct any comments or questions to Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, at 541-682-5727.