Franklin Boulevard Transformation
Community Open House: February 2, 2023
On February 2, 2023, a Community Open House will be held to showcase the current design iteration and share the draft corridor report for the Franklin Boulevard Transformation! It aims to update community members who have previously engaged with the project, introduce the project to new community members, and ask for feedback on the current design draft. Talk with the project team, engage with the design, and collaborate with fellow community members. Community input will be incorporated into the design as it moves forward from planning to engineering. Food and drink will be available, along with kid-friendly activities.
Community members who cannot make it to the in-person event will be able to participate with the materials virtually on the project's public involvement page.
When: Drop in anytime on February 2nd between 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: The Ford Alumni Center Ballroom (1720 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403)
Why: Get updated on the latest design and provide feedback
Getting There: The EmX Agate Station stop is mere steps from the Ford Alumni Center. There is bike parking to the north and south of the building.
If arriving by car, there is a parking garage beneath the Ford Alumni Center, accessible from East 13th Avenue ($2 per hour, 24/7). There is also hourly street parking on 13th Avenue, and a permitted UO surface parkinglot adjacent to the building.
RAISE Grant Application - AWARDED!
The Cities of Eugene and Springfield, with support from the Lane Transit District, submitted a joint application for federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant funding in July 2021. In November 2021 it was officially selected for federal funding! To learn more about the RAISE grant, you can visit our grant application page. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Transportation’s RAISE grant website.
What is the project?
We're 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 our 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.
The project planning phase began in January 2019. The design concept produced during the planning phase is being revised and will soon progress to the next phase of engineering. After engineering, it will go to construction.
|National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Analysis and Documentation: 2023||Together, we and our partners will assess the environmental and related social and economic effects of the selected design alternative.|
Corridor Analysis and Recommendation Report:
|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.|
|Community Open House: February 2, 2023||An open house where a refined design concept will be shared with the community for review and feedback.|
|Federal Grant Funding: 2020 & 2021||Applications for federal grant funding were submitted in both 2020 and 2021.|
|Open House: March 10, 2020||We presented the preferred final design concept to the community at a public open house for final feedback.|
Project Alternatives Design and Refinement:
|Following the second design workshop, project alternatives were refined and evaluated for a final design concept.|
|Design Open House:|
May 29, 2019
|An open house where we presented draft design concepts and project alternatives to the community so that they could benefit from community input and be revised.|
Project Alternatives Evaluation and Screening:
February - May 2019
|Following the first design workshop, project alternatives were developed.|
Design Discovery Workshop:
January 28 - 31, 2019
|A four-day workshop where we gathered community feedback and incorporated it into initial design concepts for a transformed Franklin Boulevard.|