Howard Avenue Safe Routes to School Project

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Why is Howard Avenue being updated?

Students walking or bicycling to Howard Elementary School and Kelly Middle School currently have to use narrow shoulders along Howard Avenue to travel to the school. In addition, the intersection at River Road is offset, making crossing the street less intuitive. Neighbors, community members and parents have identified the need to create a safer more comfortable way for students to connect to the school along this main collector street.

What safety improvements are planned?

We have received funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program to make safety improvements to Howard Avenue between River Road and just west of Lake Drive (connecting to the side path in front of Howard Elementary).

The current plans call for a physically protected walking and bicycling space on the south side of Howard Avenue, intersection improvements at River Road, new wayfinding signs at major decision-making points, and other safety improvements for the corridor.

Existing conditions: 30 feet of right-of-way used

How can I give feedback on the design?

Prior to the application for funding being submitted to ODOT, initial input from community members and school district staff was gathered. Now that we received funding - we want to hear from more neighbors and community members about how best to implement the safety improvements on Howard Avenue!

Two virtual open houses were held on November 17 and 18, 2021, via Zoom. A video recording of the open house can be found on the Eugene Transportation YouTube channel and a PDF copy of the presentation can be found in the sidebar of this page under "Documents." A survey was also conducted to gather feedback from the community.

The process leading up to building the project will also include:

  • A street design proposal created from community input and city/county standards
  • A final open house will be held in Fall 2022 to share the design proposal
  • A final design will be created from that feedback
  • Construction is projected to begin late 2023 to 2024




Use the Tools below to give your feedback in a Survey, on a Map, or to ask a Question:

Why is Howard Avenue being updated?

Students walking or bicycling to Howard Elementary School and Kelly Middle School currently have to use narrow shoulders along Howard Avenue to travel to the school. In addition, the intersection at River Road is offset, making crossing the street less intuitive. Neighbors, community members and parents have identified the need to create a safer more comfortable way for students to connect to the school along this main collector street.

What safety improvements are planned?

We have received funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program to make safety improvements to Howard Avenue between River Road and just west of Lake Drive (connecting to the side path in front of Howard Elementary).

The current plans call for a physically protected walking and bicycling space on the south side of Howard Avenue, intersection improvements at River Road, new wayfinding signs at major decision-making points, and other safety improvements for the corridor.

Existing conditions: 30 feet of right-of-way used

How can I give feedback on the design?

Prior to the application for funding being submitted to ODOT, initial input from community members and school district staff was gathered. Now that we received funding - we want to hear from more neighbors and community members about how best to implement the safety improvements on Howard Avenue!

Two virtual open houses were held on November 17 and 18, 2021, via Zoom. A video recording of the open house can be found on the Eugene Transportation YouTube channel and a PDF copy of the presentation can be found in the sidebar of this page under "Documents." A survey was also conducted to gather feedback from the community.

The process leading up to building the project will also include:

  • A street design proposal created from community input and city/county standards
  • A final open house will be held in Fall 2022 to share the design proposal
  • A final design will be created from that feedback
  • Construction is projected to begin late 2023 to 2024




Use the Tools below to give your feedback in a Survey, on a Map, or to ask a Question:

Page last updated: 27 Jul 2022, 11:14 AM