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Eugene planning traffic calming measures for Jefferson Street

Engineers are focusing their efforts on Jefferson Street between 13th Avenue and 28th Avenue.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 7:27 AM
Updated: Feb 28, 2020 3:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A history of crashes on Jefferson Street in Eugene has prompted city leaders to hold a public meeting Wednesday to look at possible remedies. 

Engineers are focusing their efforts on Jefferson Street between 13th Avenue and 28th Avenue. According to a news release, one of the options under consideration is a traffic calming solution called a speed cushion.

"We identified this stretch of Jefferson Street through Vision Zero and conversations with the neighborhood," said Chris Henry, transportation planning engineer. "There have been a lot of crashes in this corridor, and we've heard a lot of complaints of people speeding through here. We want to make it safer for people who walk, bike and drive on this street."

Speed cushions are like speed bumps, but the cushions include wheel cut-outs that allow large vehicles, like ambulances and fire trucks, to pass unaffected while also reducing passenger car speeds. The cushions are just one of the options under consideration. 

The project would be construcuted later this year or early 2021. 

The meeting to discuss the Jefferson Street traffic calming improvements is set for Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Washington Park Community Center, 2025 Washington St. 

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