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Council to Vote On S. Willamette Plan

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene city council takes action Tuesday on a project that’s been on the table for more than a year: South Willamette Street.

That stretch of Willamette is from 24th to 32nd Avenue in south Eugene.

The council is voting on a plan to re-stripe the road to see what drivers think of the idea.

The improvement plan is looking at ways to make the street easily accessible and safe for walkers and bikers, and also ease congestion.

The proposal and re-striping project aims to take the street from the four lanes, two in each direction, and reduce it to one lane each way with a turn lane in the middle. Bike lanes would also be added.

Although some city councilors are against the proposal, some are curious to see the change.

“The notion that you don’t necessarily clog traffic by moving it to one moving lane as opposed to a turn lane is intriguing to me,” said Eugene city councilor and council president, Chris Pryor.

“A significant part of this plan is to add bike lanes to that stretch of Willamette, which I think is inherently unsafe and so do others, like the firefighters,” said city councilor, Mike Clark.

Council has two other options to consider, but councilors feel option three is most likely to pass.

One plan is to keep the four lanes and expand sidewalks; the other is to reduce to three lanes and expand sidewalks.

The city council work session is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7:30 p.m.

Citizens can also voice input at the 7:30 p.m. meeting; both are at Harris Hall.

 

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