Eugene reduces speed limit on East and West Amazon drives

The speed limit will be changed from 35 mph to 30 mph in that area.

Posted: Jan 7, 2019 12:14 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2019 5:51 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The city of Eugene will be reducing the speed limit on both East and West Amazon drives in south Eugene starting Monday.

The speed limit will be changed from 35 mph to 30 mph in that area.

Reed Dunbar, the associate planner with the city of Eugene, said the change will make it safer for community members. He also said it will make it safer for construction crews as they start making improvements in the area, which are set to begin in the summer.

Community members who work in the area weighed in on the issue.

The Paddock employee Soledad Connors said she understands why the city is making the change but thinks it's an inconvenience.

"Initial response is it's kind of a bummer because I work really early, and so it's not always like I get here exactly on time leaving my house, so I don't really want to have to come slower and I've never seen any issues with the speed limit being too high," Connors said.

David Biancalana, the general manager of East Amazon Auto Repair, said he supports the change.

"I think something needed to be done, whether enforce the 35 that’s there a little more, or maybe lowering it is best because there are cars that just fly by this street,” Biancalana said.

Officials said the change is temporary. It is expected to last until October 2020.

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