Springfield wants to make Northbank Path safer

Committee members want to add lights on the Northbank Path corridor from West D Street to the I-5 Bridge.

Posted: Feb 13, 2018 7:12 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2018 7:19 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – There is a push in Springfield to make the Northbank Path safer with new lighting.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee met on Tuesday night to discuss the proposal.

Committee members want to add lights on the Northbank Path corridor from West D Street to the I-5 Bridge.

They said nearly 1,000 pedestrians and almost 450 bicyclists use the path every day.

With the large amount of users, the committee believes some form of lighting will make it more user friendly and safer.

KEZI spoke with one woman who said adding lights would make a huge difference.

"I would love to be able to walk here more often, but it's usually too dark and makes me nervous to walk through here in the dark,” said Jordin Ritter.

Ritter said the added lights would also hopefully discourage people from doing illegal activities at night along the pathway.
Staff with the city said the plans are still in their early stages, and expect to make progress in early spring.

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