Hundreds discuss improving South Willamette at forum

Hundreds discuss improving South Willamette at forum

EUGENE, Ore. - The City of Eugene Public Works Department held their first of several public forums on improving South Willamette Street.

It was standing room only at the cafeteria at Roosevelt Middle School on Tuesday night.

Hundreds of residents from South Eugene listened as officials discussed ways to improve the highly traveled south Eugene corridor.

The South Willamette Concept Plan's goal is to help South Willamette Street become a vibrant urban corridor by bicycle, foot, car, and bus. 

Some ideas the officials touched on included creating center lane turning lanes, bikeways, roundabouts, and crosswalks for pedestrians.

South Eugene residents also gave their opinions on what could be done to ease up the congestion.

"I would like to see bicyclists and pedestrians separated from the sidewalk," said Nancy Ellen Locke, a Friendly Area Neighbor. "Bicyclists are intimidating to pedestrians and if they had their own bike lanes, that would add to the pedestrian experience."

"If we could do something with the electric poles, if those could come down, I think a lot of things would open up visually," said Katherine Lavine, Co-Owner of Holy Cow on South Willamette Street.

Tuesday night's public forum is the first of four forums. The next forum will be sometime in January.