Residents react to planned Willamette Street changes

This change means no street parking, and that's not sitting well with some.

Posted: Jan 23, 2020 4:15 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2020 4:29 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Residents have mixed feelings about plans to change a stretch of Willamette Street. 

Eugene planners announced they'll switch the street from being a one-way to a two-way between 18th and 20th avenues.

A stretch of road coined "The Willamette Wiggle" will move traffic in both directions. Right now it is a one-way.

This change means no street parking, and that's not sitting well with some.

There are also questions being raised about who is paying for this.

"Anything that's going to ease the flow is a good idea," said longtime resident Russ Desonie. "The only objection I might have is I think there's a limit to how many levies we can put on the back of local homeowners."

However others said that any effort to move traffic along is a good one.

"I think it's going to open traffic up," said Richard Perez, another neighbor. "Hopefully it will make things easier."

This is one of three areas being transformed to open up the traffic flow into downtown.

The others are 8th Avenue Downtown and Amazon Riverfront.

Construction is set to begin this fall.

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