Franklin Blvd Project FAQ
What is the project?
The City of Eugene is starting a one-year 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.
What is the project area?
The City is working on plans to transform Franklin Boulevard into a street that serves all travelers including people who walk, bike, ride the bus and drive. The project area extends from Alder Street to Interstate 5 and includes Garden Avenue and its connections to Franklin Boulevard.
Why weren't the south side of Franklin and its connecting streets included (e.g., 15th Street) in the project area?
The south side of Franklin is included in the project area, including all of the streets Franklin currently intersects with.
Is the design already determined?
No. The purpose of the two workshops is to create the preferred design with community input considered throughout the process.
Will the project narrow the road and if so, who decides, and when?
We don’t know yet if the project will narrow the road. The City of Eugene Public Works – Engineering Division will decide, input from stakeholders and the public will influence decisions made along the way.
What funding source is paying for this planning process?
The planning process is funded by the United States Federal Highway Administration, with grants administered by Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Association. The City is required to match these grants at 10.27%.
When might construction start on the redesign?
Construction will be dependent on grant funding. The earliest construction that may occur would be in 2022.
What funding source will pay for the construction?
We don’t know. It’s most likely that the City will pursue grants funds from the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
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