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City Discusses Willamette Street Changes

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EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been discussed for more than a year, and now the city of Eugene is one step closer to making a decision for the future of South Willamette Street.

Willamette Street between 24th and 32nd avenues will see some changes within the next few years.

On Wednesday, the consultant team that’s been working with the city of Eugene offered its recommendation for the future of the street. Those consultants say they want the street to feature one lane of traffic in each direction, bike lanes, a stop light in front of the Market of Choice and a center turn lane.

Other possibilities include keeping two lanes of traffic in each direction, while another would have one lane in each direction, a center turn lane and wider sidewalks.

They also talked about re-striping the roadway to see what drivers think of the idea.

“It’s primarily for the benefit of people driving cars to experience what three lanes are like, and we could measure the effects on the transportation system, the effects on the economy, public opinion to help inform a decision by the council likely two years from now,” said Chris Henry, City of Eugene Transportation Engineer.

City councilors say they have mixed opinions about which option they’d prefer.

If you have input on what changes you’d like to see on South Willamette Street, the city council will be taking public comment at its meeting on May 19 in Harris Hall at 7:30 p.m.

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