The Oregon Department of Transportation will open a new multi-use viaduct path along the Willamette River this Friday. This new viaduct is part of the large I-5 Whilamut bridge project and is one of several multi-use path improvements completed as part of that project.
The path starts east of the Knickerbocker Bridge and runs along the south side of the Willamette River until it joins a new path that the city of Springfield is building along Franklin Boulevard. The City of Springfield is expected to install a stutter flash crossing of Franklin Boulevard near that connection as well. Though some advocates recommended keeping the existing South Bank Path that crosses under Franklin Boulevard to allow for easier connection for east bound cyclists it will be closed on June 30 so that restoration work can be completed in that area.
ODOT says that the new path “eliminates dangerous curves, improves commuter safety for cyclists, and offers beautiful views of the river and the Whilamut Passage Bridge.” A new path along the south side of the Willamette River is in the Glenwood master plan and this viaduct will be an important connection once that path is complete and as Springfield continues it’s Glenwood revitalization work.
The March 2010 City of Eugene InMotion newsletter is a wealth of great information. This month’s newsletter covers the SmartTrips EPA Grant, Project Homeless Connect, Youth Mentoring, the EWEB Riverfront Master Plan, LTD route changes, and community events.
The newsletter also include an important 1-5 bridge construction update: (emphasis mine)
Construction Increases on the New I-5 Willamette River Bridge As construction increases on the new I-5 Willamette River Bridge, people using park paths east of Autzen Stadium will experience delays or detours. Starting Mar. 15, path users in the Whilamut Natural Area and Eastgate Woodlands will experience delays of 20 minutes or longer. Flaggers will be on the paths to direct traffic. Bicyclists are subject to the same rules as other motorists, including doubling of fines in construction zones for not obeying a flagger or riding on a road or path that is closed. In mid April, the Canoe Canal Path as it passes under I-5 will be closed and path traffic will be detoured to the North Bank Path. This detour will only be in place a few weeks and then east-west traffic will return to the Canoe Canal Path. Signage will be in place announcing the changes. Please watch for and obey the flaggers.
A PDF of the full newsletter is available after the “more” link.
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Lee Shoemaker is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Eugene. He’s one of the people inside the city who helps cycling advocates “get things done.”
WeBikeEugene contributor Shane Rhodes wrote an update on what Lee is working on for the January 2010 GEARS newsletter, and has graciously allowed us to re-post it here. To receive the full newsletter yourself simply become a member of GEARS (it’s worth it).
From Shoemaker’s Desk
By Shane Rhodes
The latest from the City Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator:
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