There are two parts to Alpine Meadows. One includes assisted living, and the other is independent living. Those two areas are separated by a street, and some citizens say crossing that street is a safety hazard. It’s also an area where school buses stop.
The intersections of concern are Clarey and Riviera, along with Clarey and Aerial Way.
Residents started a petition asking for crosswalks, a 25-mile speed limit sign, and another sign letting drivers know handicapped people cross in that area.
The city traffic engineer, however, says public works conducted a study timing people while crossing the intersections and found they had enough time without adding marked crosswalks.
“I am saying there is not a safety benefit to be gained here from marking those crosswalks based on our studies, based on industry standards,” said Tom Larsen, Eugene Traffic Engineer.
“Our concern is that somebody is going to get hit there are a lot of people that have been very wary and very carefully going across this intersection but we don’t have it happen that it just slips up on us sometime,” said Dennis Gregory, Alpine Community Council President.
Alpine resident Dennis Gregory even made a plea to city councilors at Monday night’s meeting. A number of councilors seemed interested and even suggested the city manager look into the situation. Public works says for now it will install that 25-mile-per-hour speed sign.