[updated] Action Alert: Lorane Highway Being Repaved Without Room for Bikes

Update: We received a response from the city.  Click the “more” link to see it and keep writing e-mails.

I received important this e-mail from a WBE reader:

I am not sure if you are aware that Lorane Hwy is going to be resurfaced from 29th to Chambers starting in May.

It was believed that when Lorane Hwy was improved it would have an uphill bike lane and a sidewalk for pedestrians as put forth in the Eugene Master Plan.

However, they have decided to do a resurfacing job that will cover the existing surface of 18-20ft with no shoulder at all and no sidewalk.  The average life of the resurfacing job is expected to be 16 years.

To me this is unacceptable given Lorane is the gentle gateway to the south hills and the Crow and Lorane Valleys.  The traffic calming that they have put on the Crest Drive project has pushed commuter traffic elsewhere. When commuters  find out Lorane is no longer full of pot holes we will get more traffic at faster speeds on this narrow winding road.   To date the pot holes have kept cars to a minimum and the local traffic at slow speeds. That will all change once the pot holes are gone.  Those of us who bike and walk along Lorane will be put at higher risk.

I am not sure where you are with WBE but if you are still sending things out maybe a notice about what is happening would get more people to question public works about the plan so they think of measures to protect bicyclists and pedestrians.

Additionally:

We were told by Chris Henry that because it is under the heading of maintenance it is not considered as anything other than that. […] Of course a 16 year fix keeping the status quo is what we are concerned about with a 1930’s roadway serving a 2013 population.

E-mail the project manager Katie Martwitz here, and Eugene Public Works here.

The project fact sheet is here.

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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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