At its October 1, 2015 meeting, the Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization(MPO) approved federal Surface Transportation Program – Urban (STP-U) funding for the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan implementation: $2 million to reconstruct sidewalks and driveway aprons, upgrade traffic signals, and enhance the streetscape with trees, pedestrian scale lighting, benches and bike racks on S. Willamette Street from 24th Avenue to 29th Avenue. Implementation will take place when the street is reconstructed in 2018.
Also approved was $300,000 to Lane Transit District and the City of Eugene for additional planning and public outreach for the MovingAhead process that is re-envisioning major corridors in Eugene for improved transit, walking and biking, such as the 30th Avenue/Lane Community College Corridor. Join the mailing list to keep informed on meetings and feedback opportunities.
The MPC also approved STP-U funds for a few other projects that will be all or partly in Eugene:
- Safe Routes to School: $307,840 for Safe Routes to School programs in the Eugene, Bethel and Springfield school districts.
- Permanent Bicycle Counters: $100,000 for permanent bicycle counters in Eugene and Springfield. These will be added to an earlier grant to fund bicycle counters that are part of the Central Lane MPOs bike count program.