Working with the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, City staff has identified several detour options for cyclists and pedestrians who travel through the area. A map showing the detour routes can be viewed at www.eugene-or.gov/bicycles.
The closure is anticipated to last through the summer of 2013 as the new buildings and a new bicycle and pedestrian accessway are constructed. The existing public alley between Olive and Willamette streets had been heavily used by bicycles and pedestrians. The former West 12th Avenue right-of-way had an angled alignment and an uneven width. The redeveloped site will include a new, dedicated 20-foot-wide public accessway for bicycles and pedestrians located between Olive and Willamette streets.
The alley reconstruction benefits bicycles and pedestrians by providing a straighter alignment and enhanced crossings on Willamette and Olive streets. In addition, automobiles will be prohibited in the rededicated alley. To increase the safety and operation of the 12th Avenue active transportation corridor, the developer will install new amenities on Olive and Willamette streets, including:
• a bicycle crossing island at the intersection of West 12th Avenue and Olive Street that prohibits left turns for automobiles; and
• a replacement crosswalk on Willamette Street that aligns the bicycle connection through the site with the existing bicycle way east of Willamette Street along with another crossing island.
The new right-of-way dedication and related public improvements were a condition of approval for development of the site. More information and diagrams of the plans are available on the City’s website at www.eugene-or.gov/downtowncapstone.