Irving Elementary Gets a Much Awaited Sidewalk
Via a press release from Lane County:
Lane County Public Works, in partnership with the Bethel School District, is pleased to announce the opening of a new sidewalk on Hyacinth Street in Eugene. Hyacinth Street connects Irving Road and Irvington Drive and provides access to Irving Elementary School. Prior to the improvements, Hyacinth Street had no sidewalks or marked crosswalks. This forced bicyclists, pedestrians, and automobiles to share the roadway, which included on-street parking on both sides.
The new sidewalk is located on the west side of the street and extends from Calla Street to Irvington Drive. Additional new improvements include three marked crosswalks, curb bump-outs to help reduce traffic speeds, and completion of a partially constructed multi-use path that connects the Dry Creek Road and Hyacinth Street neighborhoods.
Design of the new improvements was supported by a robust community involvement process, which included meetings with stakeholders, door-to-door visits by project staff, and open houses. The community’s input shaped the final design that is consistent with the character of the neighborhood and customized to address the needs of the owners of the 27 adjoining properties.
The new improvements enhance safe travel in the neighborhood, improve connections between neighborhoods, and encourage walking and biking to Irving Elementary School. The school is located on the west side of Hyacinth Street and has advocated for many years for sidewalk improvements. Point2point and the Bethel School District are leveraging this infrastructure investment through the Safe Routes to School program that educates and encourages children to safely walk and bike to school. A new map has been developed for Irving Elementary School families showing the recommended walking routes that now include this new sidewalk.
Eugene Friends of Trees, a non-profit organization, is coordinating the planting of 41 trees along the new sidewalk. On November 8, 21 trees will be planted with the help of Irving Elementary School students. On November 9, an additional 20 trees will be planted by volunteers.