Transportation staff secured funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to make upgrades to several Neighborhood Greenways that are identified in the Transportation Systems Plan (TSP). The Northeast Livable Streets projects will upgrade major crossings, increasing connectivity and improving local transportation connections for people walking and biking in Northeast Eugene.
The projects will enhance pedestrian crossings across arterial streets (streets with high traffic volumes and speeds) to enable safer crossings and link the local street network together.
The projects are located in three neighborhoods in Northeast Eugene (Cal Young Neighborhood Association, Harlow Neighbors, and Northeast Neighbors). There are ten specific improvement sites, and eight of the ten locations will have enhanced crosswalks which include upgraded ramps to meet ADA standards, new stripping and signage, and three locations include stutter-flash devices (RRFBs). The other two locations include sidewalk infill and widening to allow better access for people walking and biking.
Although initial planning for the Northeast Livable Streets project began in 2012, it took several years to assemble funding and survey the project area. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.