Residents Debate Willamette Improvements

EUGENE, Ore. — A section of Willamette Street will be re-paved and re-striped next summer.

Residents will get a chance Tuesday night to weigh in on design options for the project.

The project just refers to Willamette Street from 19th to 24th avenues. It has street parking but no bike lanes.

City transportation planners say cyclists are using the sidewalk and it’s taking away space for pedestrians.

But there will be some trade-offs for adding that bike lane.

“Potentially might mean removing some on-street parking. So we’d like to talk to the residents and talk to the businesses about what the impacts might be before we draw anything up,” said Reed Dunbar, Assoc. Transportation Planner.

It’s one of the last projects left on a bond measure that voters approved in 2008 and is schedule to start and finish next summer.

Engineers have yet to draw up any plans. The city’s just looking for public input.

The meeting is Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Washington Park Cottage on Washington Street.

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