EUGENE, Ore. -- The City of Eugene is planning to construct seven new crosswalks in the in the northeast section of the city as part of the Northeast Eugene Livable Streets project.
This plan will also include three pedestrian islands, three flashing beacons, and one high-visibility crosswalk.
The project will cost more than $1 million, according to Eugene’s Transportation Planner Reed Dunbar.
Roughly eight years ago, the city began collecting funds for the work and received a competitive grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to help pay for it. ODOT will pay $754,822 and the city will pay $322,565, Dunbar said.
Some people who live in the neighborhood along Cal Young Road said crossing the street there is dangerous, and they are looking forward to a new crosswalk.
"You're dodging traffic at 40 mph sometimes," Sherry Schumacher said. "It's so busy that you can't get across. There's a lot of kids that use that crosswalk -- well, it's not even a crosswalk -- that have been going across the street and it's been pretty dangerous."
Resident Jeffrey Sprague also weighed in.
"That intersection by the Dari Mart can be really confusing, so I think it'll just make it safer for everyone. I'm also just really glad that more children will be able to safely cross on their way to school," Sprague said.
The seven crosswalks will be constructed in the following locations, according to the city’s website:
- Crescent, Sarah to Gay: Crossing at Sarah, ADA sidewalk access ramps, striping, signage, pedestrian refuge island, and stutter-flash devices (RRFBs).
- Chad at Shadowview: Crossing 85' east of Shadowview, ADA sidewalk access ramps, striping, signage, overhead light, and a pedestrian refuge island.
- Coburg Road, just south of Adkins to Jeppesen: A mid-block crossing approximately 70' south of Adkins, ADA sidewalk access ramps, striping, signage, a pedestrian refuge island, and stutter-flash devices (RRFBs).
- Gilham, Jeppesen to Minda: Crossing at Minda, striping and signage.
- Harlow, Sunshine Acres to Randall: Crossing at Randall, ADA sidewalk access ramps, striping, signage, pedestrian refuge island, and stutter-flash devices (RRFBs). The sidewalk will be widened from Randall to Sunshine Acres on the south side of Harlow.
- Norkenzie at Bond: Crossing at Bond, ADA sidewalk access ramps, striping and signage.
- Cal Young, Fir Acres to Debrick: Crossing at Fir Acres, ADA sidewalk access ramp, striping, signage, and pedestrian refuge island.
The project also includes a bike-only turn lane on Willakenzie Road at the Interstate 5 Path. According to the city's website, "the turn lane will assist with eastbound bike travel on Willakenzie toward the I-5 path, slowing motor vehicles and providing a safe and designated crossing for people biking. The turn lane includes striping, signage, and flexible markers."
Crews began construction on this project at the end of March and work is expected to continue throughout the summer.