Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Project Nearing Completion
The 2014 Eugene Safe Routes to School project is nearing completion. The project was applied for by the City of Eugene in cooperation with Bethel and 4j school districts. These ODOT SRTS funds were applied for in 2010 and approved to be at the top of a waiting list dependent on funding. The funding came through in 2013 and design work was done in early 2014. Construction began in early fall and to date, widened sidewalks and upgraded ADA ramps have been installed in the 22nd and Chambers school zone for ATA/Family School. The majority of the wayfinding signs have been put in around the city. All the bike hoops are installed at ATA as well as at Malabon and Irving elementary schools. All legends and striping have been placed at locations around the city. The path to Malabon Elementary from Ellsworth Street has been constructed.
The elements left to be worked on are the rectangular rapid flashing beacons at 18th and Friendly and at 22nd and Jefferson, which are scheduled for the week of the December 15. The two bike shelters for Irving School should be installed by Dec. 12. The speed reader signs on Royal Avenue will be installed soon as well.
Knife River Corp., working under contract for the Eugene Public Works Department, is the general contractor on the projects. Total cost of the projects is approximately $575,000, which is funded by a federal Safe Routes to School grant administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation. For more information, view a news release online or contact Project Manager Chuck Mueller at 541-501-0370 or Shane MacRhodes, 4-J Safe Routes to School Coordinator, 541-790-7492.