Summer Projects Wrap-up

It’s been a VERY active summer for repaving projects around Eugene and several of them have seen improvements for cyclists.

Here’s a quick recap on some of those projects:

5th Avenue  (Blair to High)

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What’s been done:

  • Improved pedestrian crossing at 5th/High
  • Removed parking on the south side of 5th Ave from Blair to Jefferson to fit wider bike lanes (including a door zone buffer on the north side)
  • Widened the remainder of the bikes lanes along the corridor and included buffer stripes where feasible
  • Smoooooth pavement

 

What isn’t going to be done (but should be):

  • Improve the crossing of Monroe at 5th Ave
  • Some traffic calming measures to make it feel more comfortable
  • More bike corrals to create good sidewalk environment & improve streetscape

18th Avenue (Westmoreland Park to Washington Street)

What’s been done:

18th Ave. repaving

  • Installed a new pedestrian island at Van Buren Street
  • Updated the pedestrian island at Friendly Street
  • Removed parking between Polk and Friendly to widen bike lanes to national standard (best part!)

What’s still left to do:

  • Final painting- let’s hope they get it right
  • Install RRFBs at 18th @ Friendly (scheduled for Summer of 2014 as part of SRTS grant)
  • Enforcement of parking (already seen some issues)

Pearl (between 18th & 19th)

What’s been done:

  • Installed buffered bike lanes (east and west side of street) and a bike box at 19th Avenue
  • Moved bike lane from left side of Pearl to the right side of the left turn lane (middle of street) to improve safety and reduce crash risk.

What’s still left to do:

  • install bicycle loop detectors (and remove signal actuator in left turn only lane)
  • colorant is supposed to be applied to the weave lane and bike box (delayed due to EWEB water main break)

What isn’t going to be done (but maybe should be):

  • Sign telling northbound traffic to yield to southbound traffic on Pearl/Amazon Parkway

Alder St. (18th to 24th)

Alder Sharrow

What’s been done:

  • Redesigned the entries at 19th Avenue and 24th Avenue
  • Installed shared lane markings on the whole stretch
  • Replaced camera signal detection with inductive loops at 18th & Alder (too bad).

What isn’t going to be done (but probably should be):

  • Prioritize Alder Street movement at Alder @ 19th!!
  • Better traffic calming measures
  • Finish bicycle boulevard from 24th to 30th (sharrows, traffic calming, and diversion)

 

There have been a few other minor projects I might report on later. Another major project, Willamette Street between 18th & 24th, is still being worked on and I’ll save that one for another post since there are several more weeks until that one will be done. Some of the highlights of that work are: southbound bike lanes from 17th to 23rd, northbound bike lanes on Willamette from 24th to 20th and Oak from 20th to 17th (plus the jog on 20th from Willamette to Oak), a bike box at 18th & Oak, and a curb extension on 19th to divert traffic southbound traffic and shorten the crossing for pedestrians.

 

A Busy Summer Ahead? Add Three More Projects to the Potential List.

ODOT has announced their list of recommended “Flexible Funds Projects” to the Oregon Transportation Committee (OTC). Three different Eugene/Springfield projects made the list while four others did not.  The OTC will meet on January 19th to discuss the recommended list (a public hearing) and are expected to announce the final approved list of projects at their February meeting.  ODOT received 115 applications requesting over $83 million in funding for this, the first round of funding for the newly created Flexible Funds Program. Proposals were for Transit, Traffic Demand Management (TDM), and Bicycle and Pedestrian projects. They narrowed the list down to 28 recommended projects at just under $21 million in funding.  This pot of “flexible funds” is separate from other “Surface Transportation Program” funds or the other recent flex fund project, the Urban Trail Fund, which will bring us some important path connections along the Amazon and River Path systems later this summer. For more information on these new Flex Funds see this FAQ pdf from ODOT.

Fern Ridge Path up for Rehab

The three projects on the table for approval include two from LTD, including renovation of the UO transit station ($2.1 million) and a “SmartTrips” marketing program ($90,000) to promote the Gateway EmX Corridor in the Springfield area.  The third project is the Fern Ridge Path Rehabilitation and Lighting project from the City of Eugene ($678,800). There are two other area projects that didn’t make the proposed list but are on an “additional priority projects” list. Those include a path for the Middle Fork of the Willamette applied for by Willamalane ($1.86 million) and a “Franklin Corridor” project applied for by LTD ($1.9 million). Finally, there are three other projects from the area that didn’t make any cut: an LTD/point2point Solutions project titled “Hot Wheels- Bike Parking Study”, an LTD project titled “Franklin Corridor,” and Eugene’s “North Bank Path Rehabilitation/Lighting” which would have (finally) improved the path from the DeFazio Bridge over to Leisure Lane (just past the picnic structures in Alton Baker).

Here’s a bit more on the three projects that are on the table for approval (quoted information from ODOT): Continue reading “A Busy Summer Ahead? Add Three More Projects to the Potential List.”

City of Eugene plans to fix Amazon Path flooding, Fern Ridge Bike Path

The "Amazon Puddle" with its native inhabitants

While using the term “flooding” may be a bit of an overstatement, use of the term “puddle” certainly seems inadequate.  The “Amazon Puddle” is more than just a puddle – not only in literal size – but also as symbol of a project that, to some, seems to have gone a bit awry. However, and please excuse the little bit of editorializing on my part, it is important not to  “miss the path for puddle,” so to speak.

Continue reading “City of Eugene plans to fix Amazon Path flooding, Fern Ridge Bike Path”