How has the public influenced the design concept?

Franklin Blvd planning kicked off in October 2018. Opportunities for community input have been provided throughout the process, including several design workshops and open houses structured to bring stakeholders together. Workshops and open houses took place January 28-31 2019, May 29th, 2019, March 10th, 2020, and February 2nd, 2023. Staff also held over 100 in-person and online meetings with businesses and property owners along Franklin.

Overall, staff heard thousands of comments during the design process. Specifically, the community informed the following design elements:

  • Using a combination of signalized intersections and roundabouts.
  • Adding bicycle facilities that are separated from car traffic.
  • Having separate spaces for walking and biking when there is space, and including a shared-use path when space is limited.
  • Ensuring roundabout crosswalks are raised and include Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) for additional safety. 
  • Creating a new intersection at Moss Street and 13th Avenue, improving access to businesses on the north side of Franklin from the University of Oregon. 
  • Adding a gateway roundabout at the transition from Glenwood to Eugene to decrease speeds and improve access to I-5 South and eastbound Franklin for Laurel Hill Valley residents.

The project is now moving from the planning phase into the engineering phase. That means the design concept has been decided, but many details still need to be worked out between the planners, engineers, and stakeholders along the corridor. Sign up for the Franklin Blvd Newsletter to keep up to date!

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1. What is the project?
2. Why is it needed?
3. What is the project area?
4. How has the public influenced the design concept?
5. Why spend this planning effort here and not on other roads more in need of safety improvements?
6. Is the design decided?
7. Why did the City decide to incorporate roundabouts into the concept plan?
8. How will the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) impact the traffic flow on Franklin Boulevard? Are these going to be better than signalized intersections? If yes, how?
9. How will cars and buses merge into two lanes at the far side of a roundabout?
10. How will the City educate residents on safely and properly using the roundabouts?
11. There's a lot of bike traffic crossing Onyx St. How will people walking and biking get across?
12. How will the City make the roundabouts safe for people walking or biking? How are people walking and biking going to navigate their way around the roundabouts?
13. Will there be enough time for vehicles turning right onto Franklin between Onyx St and 11th Ave to cross into the left-turn lanes to get onto E.11th Ave?
14. On the east end of 15th Ave, will there be any eastbound railway crossing for people walking and biking?
15. How will the Laurel Valley Hill residents access the Franklin Boulevard Corridor? What are some ways that the residents will go in and out of the neighborhood onto Franklin?
16. Will the left-hand turn from Franklin to Orchard be eliminated?
17. How will the access to Market of Choice (MoC) and Hirons for East and West-bound traffic work on Franklin?
18. How will the residents on Sylvan Street access the roundabout at the base of Riverview Street near Exit 192?
19. How will the traffic congestion following Matthew Knight Arena events be improved or impacted with fewer traffic lanes available on Franklin?
20. If businesses along Franklin lose street access or parking, how will the city satisfy the business requirements to operate?
21. How will roundabouts, with their promise of continuous traffic flow, affect the ability of neighborhood residents to turn west from the south side of Franklin?
22. How will the elimination of the south turn from Franklin onto Orchard impact the viability of Market of Choice and Hirons?
23. Will the new pedestrian crosswalk on the west side of Villard that crosses Franklin impede the turning ability of neighborhood residents wanting to turn west on Franklin?