Repost Party: June InMotion, BikeLane Coalition update #20, and ODOT construction newsletter

Ain’t no party like a repost party ’cause a repost party is alotlessworkthanactuallywritinguniquecontent.

Today’s repost party includes the always-wonderful City of Eugene InMotion newsletter, which is chock full of information about local events and construction, including this important tidbit about upcoming 1-5 bridge construction:

SPRINGFIELD— An ODOT construction project will soon impact the bridge over Interstate 5 that connects MLK Jr. Blvd. and Centennial Blvd. in Eugene and Springfield. The project will temporarily affect motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. […]

Work on the MLK Jr. /Centennial Blvd. structure (MP 193.49) in the Eugene-Springfield area will require a partial bicycle/pedestrian path closure from June 2, 2010 through early August 2010. A signed detour will be in place. The detour will leave the path northbound out of Alton Baker Park and lead to Covey Lane, then turn northbound on Lindley Lane to the signal at MLK Jr. Blvd., then travel across to Garden Way where it rejoins the bicycle/pedestrian path.

Motorists will experience lane restrictions on the bridge beginning June 7, when there will be one lane of travel in each direction. In July, there will be ten nights when the bridge will be completely closed. Detour signs and maps will be available prior to the complete closures

Our repost party also includes a BikeLane Coalition update from Jim Wilcox about the Oregon Bike Summit last weekend and musings on how to best advance cycling, and an Oregon Department of Transportation newsletter about construction on Highway 126 and other areas that may affect your ride planning.

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South Bank Path Closure on April 30

This Friday, April 30th, the section of the South Bank Willamette River Path that runs under Interstate 5 between the Knickerbocker Bridge and Franklin Boulevard and the Glenwood area will be closed to all bicycle and pedestrian traffic from 7 am to 7 pm. The closure is part of the ongoing construction of the new I-5 Willamette River Bridge.

None shall pass between the Knickerbocker Bridge and Glenwood this Friday

This is a rare case where there will probably not be a clear detour to get cyclists to a convenient alternate route. This particular stretch of the South Bank Path, pinned between the river and the railroad tracks, just doesn’t have many other options. If your ultimate goal is connecting from downtown Springfield to Eugene, the network of  North Bank Paths will connect up just fine (see below for the current state of the detours there). The direct connection from Glenwood to Eugene is another issue, though. Cyclists could skirt the south edge of eastbound lane of Franklin Boulevard, since a combination of gravel path and narrow walkway along that side of the road is passable with a mixture of riding and walking (Keep a sharp eye out for bikes or peds coming the opposite direction, since the westbound half of Franklin has no safe margin for non-motorized traffic!). Or, splurge on a little bus fare and treat your bike to a ride inside the EmX to get over the construction zone in style on Friday.

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Weekend News Wrapup 02/06/10

A lot happened in Eugene’s cycling world this first week of February.  Here are some of the key events that happened this week concerning SRTS, the UO Bike Program, Territorial Highway Construction, Alder St./Riverbank path access, Fern Ridge Bike Path EmX construction, the Crest Drive controversy, and STP-U Funds.

Eugene Safe Routes to School received a $495,000 grant.

From EugeneSRTS.org:

The Eugene Safe Routes to School Program and the City of Eugene have just been awarded a $495,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Safe Routes to School program.

The grant applies to seven local schools and their respective surrounding areas. Improvements on way include  “Stutter Flash” crossings at 28th and Hilyard, 30th  and Alder,  18th and Friendly St,  a crosswalk at Chambers and 14th,  and scores of other improvements.  Stay tuned to the Eugene SRTS blog where more details will be posted soon.
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