8th Avenue Streetscape
The project will repave sections of 8th Avenue from Lincoln Street to Mill Street, convert the section to a two-way street, construct protected bike lanes from High Street to Lincoln Street, add 4-way stops at key intersections, and widen sidewalks and reconstruct sidewalk access ramps.
Motor vehicle parking on the south side of 8th Avenue will be removed and parking on the north side will be relocated away from the curb, to allow for the protected bike lanes. The project aims to create a safe travel option for community members of all ages and abilities to access Downtown Eugene. Read the Project Info Sheet for more information.
Update as of May 2023
Wildish Construction Co. has been awarded the contract for this project. Construction will start in May 2023 and will continue through the summer of 2024. The raised intersection through the Park Blocks, paving and sidewalk work between Willamette St and Pearl St, and associated stormwater planters will begin construction in May. 8th Avenue between Pearl St and Mill St will be constructed in the summer and fall of 2023. 8th Avenue between Willamette St and Lincoln St and associated stormwater planters along Lincoln St, Charnelton St, and Olive St will be constructed next year, in the spring and summer of 2024. Utility crews, such as water and electric, may be in the area adjusting and repairing facilities prior to the project work.
The 8th Avenue Streetscape project will include the following:
- Repaving on 8th Avenue (from Willamette to Mill Street)
- 2-way conversion on 8th Avenue (from Lincoln to Mill Street)
- Protected bike lanes on 8th Avenue (from High to Lincoln Street)
- 4-way stop at 8th Avenue and Willamette Street, at 8th Avenue and Olive Street, and at 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street
- New stormwater planters will to clean water runoff from city streets
The Central Eugene in Motion study explored solutions for three key corridors: Downtown on 8th Avenue, Midtown Willamette Street, and the Amazon to Riverfront connection. After a community process that included stakeholder meetings, two open houses, surveys, online mapping and a series of focus groups with sub-area stakeholders, several projects were chosen:
- Midtown Willamette Street: Two-Way Conversion & Paving of Willamette, 20th and Oak Completed 2021
- Downtown on 8th Avenue: 8th Avenue Streetscape & Protected Bike Lanes Planned for 2023-2024
- Amazon to Riverfront Connection: High Street Two-Way Protected Bikeway Planned for 2023
Public Involvement occurred for the 8th Avenue Streetscape project through the Central Eugene In Motion process in 2019-2020. The Transportation planning team received more than 1,600 responses through the Central Eugene in Motion survey and online map. The City also held stakeholder meetings, several Open Houses, and a series of focus groups with sub-area stakeholders.
Learn more about the project development and public involvement and feedback at the Engage Eugene link below.