Willamette Street

South Willamette Street Construction Begins Monday

Jan 29, 2016
Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene begins more improvement projects to South Willamette Street Monday. Construction crews will begin widening the lanes between 24th and 29th avenues and will install a new traffic signal. This is a pilot project to study whether the new lanes will improve accessibility.

Rachael McDonald

Dozens of Eugene residents spoke at a public hearing Monday evening on a proposed redesign of a busy part of South Willamette Street. The four-lane stretch between 24th and 29th has no bike lanes and no center left turn lane. Bicyclists and pedestrians say it's too dangerous because of all the vehicle traffic.
Megan Kemple told councilors she lives in Eugene because it's a bike-able city.

The city of Eugene is trying to improve the safety of a portion of Willamette Street. Three alternatives are being considered for the stretch between 24th and 29th avenues. The first would be to keep the busy street in its current configuration with 4 vehicle traffic lanes and no bike lanes. Another would turn the roadway into three lanes with bike lanes on each side. The center lane would be a turn lane.