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Better Streets: Franklin Boulevard

How safe, practical, and attractive is Franklin Boulevard adjacent to the University of Oregon for everyone today?

  • Safe: No loss of life or personal harm.
  • Practical: Convenient and affordable.
  • Attractive: Welcoming and enjoyable.

Take our 2-minute poll to share you views:

Gift card winners

We are keeping our poll open, even though we have no more gift cards to award. Congratulations to our previous gift card winners!

  • UO Duck Store: Tamir B ($25), Nayantara A ($50), Nicolaus S ($25), Jennifer A ($50)
  • Market of Choice: Zac S ($25), Steven D ($50)

Walking tours

Prefer to see Franklin Boulevard firsthand? Although we aren’t planning another walking tour any time soon, take your own tour following our suggested route:

  • Friday, August 4, 11:30 am–1:30 pm: Meet at UO Transportation Services (1401 Walnut @ Franklin).
  • Thursday, July 27, 9:30–11:30 am: Meet at UO Transportation Services (1401 Walnut @ Franklin).

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About Better Streets

Better Streets for People and Businesses is an effort to build support for streets that are safe, practical, and attractive for everyone; to identify which streets in Eugene and Springfield need to be better; and to develop broadly supported recommendations for moving forward.

About Franklin Boulevard

Franklin Boulevard Preferred Concept, February 2023. Source: City of Eugene

The City of Eugene is spearheading a planning process for Franklin Boulevard from Alder Street to Interstate-5, including Garden Avenue. The stated purpose is to ”recast a deteriorating former state highway into a complete urban street, converting Franklin Boulevard into a multimodal urban street, prioritizing safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and bus rapid transit (BRT) riders and promoting transit-oriented development.”

The City of Eugene explains, “Franklin Boulevard, with its wide lanes, can be an unsafe and uncomfortable street. For people who walk, bike, or ride the bus, Franklin Boulevard can be a significant barrier to getting from place to place. Because of that, fewer people choose to walk or bike to make connections between the University of Oregon, surrounding neighborhoods and Willamette River trails to the north, hindering the our long-term efforts to reach climate reduction goals. The project will also encourage new ways for businesses and neighborhoods near Franklin Boulevard to redevelop the boulevard into a more comfortable connector of places, rather than a divider.”

Project schedule (as of June 2023):

  • 2019–2020: Design Concept Development
  • 2020 & 2021: Grant Applications
  • 2020–2023: Design Concept Refinement
  • 2023: Corridor Analysis and Recommendation Report
  • 2023: NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act)
  • 2023–2026: Coordination with Adjacent Property Owners and Businesses
  • 2024–2026: Design Engineering & Finalize Project Plans
  • 2026–2028: Franklin Reconstruction

In late August 2023, the City of Eugene updated, “The Franklin Blvd Transformation is headed to the engineering stage! The City has been working with the community and local stakeholders since October 2018 on a concept plan for Franklin Blvd. A concept is not an engineering design however, meaning there are still many details to be figured out over the coming years before construction begins in 2026.

“The concept plan was created to develop the overall layout for the corridor in order to obtain public feedback, develop a preliminary cost estimate to acquire funding, and to proceed with environmental documentation and permitting. The planners and engineers will continue working closely with stakeholders along the corridor as the engineering designs are drafted over the next several years.”

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