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Workshops held for River Road community members

Area residents are able to give their input on possible changes to the River Road corridor in upcoming workshop sessions.

Posted: Feb. 11, 2019 11:16 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Improvements could be coming to the River Road community and the City of Eugene is asking residents to offer their opinions on what they would like to see.

Dozens of people went to the Emergency Services Training Center to learn more about those possible changes coming to River Road and offer their opinion on those changes.

"Either you can get involved and help shape it, or it will be shaped without you and there will be unhappiness," said River Road resident Carleen Reilly.

Community leaders and members are making one thing clear: change is coming.

Area resident Jolene Siemsen said they want every person that lives along River Road to get involved to make it a place that everyone can love.

"I think it's a really great time to pay attention, so if I had one message, it's when you get that postcard, come to the meeting," Siemsen said. "That's the only way you're going to hear about it."

Reilly said they're excited about what these changes could mean for the River Road area.

"Then we want to have all of the amenities that our family members would want," Reilly said. "We want cafes and we want art displays and we want to have these businesses that will provide the necessities that we want."

Those improvements aren't limited to new businesses, either.

"We're super excited about adding more safety features to the River Road corridor in particular to make bicycle and pedestrian traffic and transportation safer," Siemsen said.

If you were not able to make it out to Monday night's workshop, there are still opportunities available to make your voice heard. There is going to be another meeting at the Emergency Services Training Center on Tuesday night at 4:00 p.m. and another on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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