South Willamette Pilot Study in Progress

South Willamette Street has recently been restriped from four lanes to three with bike lanes and a center turn lane. This is a part of a one year pilot study that will help inform a City Council decision on how to stripe the street in a 2018 paving project.

Changes include a widened Willamette Street north of 24th Avenue and north of 29th Avenue, and a new traffic signal at the Woodfield Station intersection. The road has also been restriped, from 24th to 32nd avenues. In the vicinity of 29th Avenue, there are now two southbound travel lanes, a center turn-lane, one northbound travel lane, and bicycle lanes on both sides of the street. North of the 29th Avenue area, the road is restriped and includes one travel lane in each direction, a center turn-lane, and bicycle lanes on both sides of the street.

Post-Construction Planning Process
The pilot study restriping will last a full calendar year following an adjustment period after construction. The restriping will provide an opportunity to confirm traffic modeling data and learn from actual experience before permanent changes are made to that section of Willamette Street. Lessons learned from the pilot study can also be applied to other transportation corridor projects. A report to the Eugene City Council detailing the study results from transportation, economic, and user experience perspectives is expected in early 2017. Following a final decision on the South Willamette Street configuration, a pavement preservation project is planned for construction in 2018 when the final street configuration decision will be implemented.

Please join the project email list to receive updates by sending an email to Chris Henry or call 541-682-8472.