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Future of S. Willamette Shifting

EUGENE, Ore. — The future of a congested and perhaps outdated stretch of South Willamette Street is shifting.

Eugene held a community forum Tuesday night to explore the alternatives for the section of Willamette Street from 24th to 32nd avenues.

More than a hundred people piled into the cafeteria at Roosevelt Middle School. They were involved in an interactive presentation, asking what they’d like to see done.

City leaders estimate nearly 16,000 cars travel the road each day. Some of those who use the street say parts of the road don’t have bike lanes, which makes the ride dangerous for both drivers and riders.

City engineers say their goal is for South Willamette to become accessible for all types of transportation.

“The goal of the project is to make South Willamette Street a vibrant urban corridor, a place where people are comfortable walking, biking, driving their car or taking the bus,” said Chris Henry, Transportation Planning Engineer.

Tuesday night was the first of three public meetings. The next one is scheduled for February.

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