Franklin Boulevard Transformation

Graphic of a street with all transportation modes, individuals walking, biking, waiting for a bus

Franklin Boulevard Open House!

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020 the preferred alternative for Franklin Boulevard (also known as the preferred final concept design) was revealed at a public open house. If you were unable to attend the public open house, please visit our Engage Eugene website where you’ll be able to view the final concept design, and all information shared. Additionally, you will be able to share any comments or questions. We would love to hear from you!

Open Commentary will be available March 13 – April 13, 2020.

What is the project?  

The City of Eugene is spearheading a planning process for Franklin Boulevard from Alder Street to Interstate 5, including Garden Avenue. The purpose is to transform Franklin from an auto-focused state highway to a pleasant,  multi-modal urban street that is safe for people walking, biking, riding the bus and driving

Why is it needed?  

Franklin Boulevard, with its wide lanes, can be an unsafe and uncomfortable street. For people who walk, bike, or ride the bus, Franklin Boulevard can be a significant barrier to getting from place to place. Because of that, fewer people choose to walk or bike to make connections between the University of Oregon, surrounding neighborhoods and Willamette River trails to the north, hindering the City of Eugene’s long-term efforts to reach climate reduction goals.  The project will also encourage new ways for businesses and neighborhoods near Franklin Boulevard to redevelop the boulevard into a more comfortable connector of places, rather than a divider.


Franklin Blvd Through the Years


Project Timeline

The project planning and design phase is anticipated to take place January through November 2019.

Design Discovery Workshop:

January 28th - 31, 2019

A four-day workshop where the City gathered community feedback and incorporated it into initial design concepts for a transformed Franklin Boulevard.

Project Alternatives Evaluation and Screening:

February - May 2019

Following the first design workshop, project alternatives were developed.

Design Open House:
May 29, 2019
An open house where the City presented draft design concepts and project alternatives to the community so that they could benefit from community input and be revised.

Project Alternatives Design and Refinement:
May - February 2020
Following the second design workshop, project alternatives were refined and evaluated for a final design concept.
Open House: March 10, 2020
The City presented the preferred final design concept to the community at a public open house for final feedback.
Corridor Analysis and Recommendation Report:
March - May 2020
A report presenting the final analysis of the opportunities and constraints involved with transforming Franklin Boulevard, as well as final recommendations for how to design and implement an updated Franklin Boulevard.