Neighbors Voice Road Construction Concerns

EUGENE, Ore. — A road rebuilding project and how to pay for it was at the center of a debate Monday night.

The city held a public hearing concerning a section of Jeppesen Acres Road.

About 25 people were at the meeting.

They had a chance to voice their objections and then write down remaining suggestions at the end of the meeting.

The city plans to improve the road by repaving it and installing sidewalks.

The project is estimated to cost about $1.2 million.

Homeowners would have to pick up about $700,000 of that — or $16,000 per home.

“Everybody is Eugene pays once, and the first time and only once to have their street improved to city standard,” said Eugene Public Works Public Affairs Manager Eric Jones.

“My concern is that the street is going to destroy the neighborhood. We have an old-fashioned neighborhood with a narrow street, and making it wider with only encourage more through-traffic,” said Jeppesen Acres Road resident Annie Fischer.

A city engineer will present a report to city council on May 27.

Council will then direct city staff on how it wants to proceed.

Homeowners will have the opportunity to subsidize the project with the city.

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