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Potential WinCo development raises traffic concerns

This intersection could possibly soon be home to a new WinCo, which some drivers say would push Coburg Road past its breaking point.

Posted: Aug 1, 2019 6:43 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The potential development of a WinCo on Chad Drive has left neighbors worried about how traffic could change along the area's already busy intersections.

According to local residents, the intersection of Coburg Road and Chad Drive is particularly busy during rush hour, prompting traffic jams that can hold up drivers as long as half an hour. This intersection could possibly soon be home to a new WinCo, which some drivers said would push Coburg Road past its breaking point.

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"It's solid cars," said Eugene resident and Uber driver Tonya White. "It's just bumper to bumper. It already has rush hour traffic that is so bad. "

According to City of Eugene documents from 2013, Coburg Road south of the Beltline is designated as a major arterial road. North of the Beltline, where the WinCo may be, it's a minor arterial road. This distinction is a part of how the city creates its road improvement priorities. 

Additionally, documents from 2012 show that the entrances and exits for the Beltline on Coburg road have averaged around 10.5 crashes per year, leaving some people concerned about the safety of the road if traffic continues to increase. 

"There have been lots of difficult drivers. Like unsafe drivers," said area resident Luis Luna Morales. "There's already heavy traffic going to WinCo (in western Eugene and Springfield). If there's a Winco here, there will be very heavy traffic."

Drivers in the area said they would like to see the city address the growth of Eugene north of the Beltline with improved roads. 

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