Why spend this planning effort here and not on other roads more in need of safety improvements?

Franklin Boulevard is a “key corridor” in Eugene (identified in the City’s 20-year long-range land use plan, Envision Eugene), meaning that nearby retail businesses, parks, housing and employment centers attract lots of people who walk, bike, roll or ride the bus. People who walk, bike, roll, and use the bus are considered vulnerable road users and Franklin Blvd has many community members who use active transportation. Unfortunately, the current state of Franklin Boulevard puts vulnerable users at risk. In fact, during one five-year stretch—2017 to 2021—there were 94 crashes on Franklin, including several that resulted in death or life-altering injury. The City has an official policy called Vision Zero, with the goal of eliminating death and serious injury on Eugene’s streets. With all the crashes on Franklin Blvd, the City's efforts are well spent on this transformation. 

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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?