WinCo traffic study calls for minor changes along Coburg Road

Experts recommend making entrance and exit on Coburg right-turn only.

Posted: Nov 25, 2019 6:51 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2019 11:24 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- WinCo Foods has submitted a study on what impact, if any, a new grocery store would have on traffic near Coburg Road and Chad Drive.

The traffic study, which was submitted to Eugene Public Works, proposed two changes to the former Shopko parking lot.

One would change the entrance just north of Taco Bell into a right-turn only entrance and exit. Currently, it is only a right-turn entrance.

The other change is to the north driveway closer to the building. That would become a right-turn entrance only with no exits.

Jessica Ballard said the traffic is already bad enough in that area.

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"The intersections are going to be really bad. I think you'll have to rely on the kindness of other people to get in and out," Ballard said.

The study, which was done by Portland-based Quality Counts, found during peak commute times, Coburg Road south of Chad Drive sees over 2,000 cars.

Lidia Norman lives on Crecsent Avenue, and she said her and her neighbors will not mind the traffic.

"We need another grocery store. When we had Shopko, it was easy to walk across the street," Norman said. "When you need something small, you have to go all the way across town."

Winco has been eyeing the former Shopko location near Chad Drive for months. This week the company filed a land-use application with the city's Planning and Development Department.

The city has 30 days to determine if the application is complete. If it is, a decision to approve or deny the application must be made within 45 days.

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