At the June 5th Main Street Governance Team meeting, the City of Springfield and the Oregon Department of Transportation formally launched the Planning Phase of the Main Street Safety Project. Over approximately the next 2-3 years, this project will pull together detailed analysis and extensive community outreach to inform the selection of design concepts for infrastructure improvements to improve safety on Main Street from 20th Street to 72nd Street.
As part of community outreach to inform the selection of design concepts for infrastructure improvements, the City of Springfield is accepting applications from Springfield residents, business or property owners to serve on the Main Street Safety Project Strategic Advisory Committee; applications will be accepted until 12:00 pm on August 10, 2018.
The City is seeking applications to fill up to 16 volunteer positions representing a variety of community stakeholders. The Springfield Planning Commission will appoint members to the Strategic Advisory Committee at their September 5, 2018 meeting.
Individually, committee members will serve as a liaison to their neighborhood, organization, or agency. Committee members will be responsible for attending meetings, reviewing materials, providing insight on community concerns or issues, and sharing information with other community members and bringing viewpoints back to the group.
The primary purpose for the committee is to inform the project by providing advice and direction to the development of the Main Street Facility Plan. The Committee plays an advisory role and produces recommendations for the project team, the Springfield Planning Commission, the Main Street Governance Team, and the Springfield City Council.
Members will be appointed to serve for the duration of the planning phase of the Main Street Safety Project, which is anticipated to take place over the next 2 to 3 years. Tentatively, there will be 3 to 4 meetings per year and could be scheduled during regular business hours, in the evenings, or both. We will work with committee members to determine the best meeting times.
Who can apply?
Springfield residents, business or property owners.
What is the deadline to submit an application?
Applications will be accepted until 12:00 pm on August 10, 2018 at City Manager’s Office at 225 Fifth Street in Downtown Springfield.
Where can I find the application to fill out?
Applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at 225 Fifth Street in Downtown Springfield or at http://www.springfield-or.gov/bcc.htm
Purpose of the Project
Springfield’s Main Street is consistently ranked as one of the most unsafe city streets in Oregon based on the severity and frequency of traffic crashes. The Oregon Department of Transportation and the City must address this problem to save lives, reduce injuries, and lessen property damage due to crashes. The purpose of the Main Street Safety Project is to select infrastructure solutions that will make Main Street safer for people walking, biking, driving, and taking transit.
The selected safety improvements will provide for the movement of goods and people, support the economic viability of the corridor, accommodate current bus service and future transit solutions, and complement traffic safety education and enforcement.