Main Street Safety Project

Help make Main Street safer for people walking, biking, driving, and taking transit.

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.

Traffic on Main Street

The Main Street Safety Project will make changes that improve safety and accessibility for all users.

Traffic on Main Street will likely go up by 40% over the next 20 years and the risks from crashes will increase… unless we act now to plan changes that will save lives, reduce injuries, and lessen property damage.

The City of Springfield and the Oregon Department of Transportation are launching the Main Street Safety Project to address this safety problem. Over the next two years, we will engage our Springfield community and do detailed analysis to identify thoughtful and effective safety solutions.

Our goal is to create a coordinated plan that identifies the types of safety improvements that work best for all Main Street users. Community engagement is vital to inform the selection of infrastructure solutions that help ensure safe, accessible transportation for everyone, whether by foot, bike, mobility device, bus, or car. We need you to be involved so we can select the best solutions that will make Main Street safer for everyone!

Quick Facts - click to enlarge

Quick Facts – click to enlarge

Why are we doing this?

  • Safety – Main Street is consistently ranked among the most unsafe streets in Oregon for people walking, biking, driving, and taking transit.
  • Main Street is the heart of our city – It is a key east-west street, an economic engine in the heart of Springfield, and a major transit route.
  • A major transit corridor – Main Street is one of the most heavily used transit routes in Lane County.
  • A healthy and safe Main Street for all – Improvements are needed to ensure safe, accessible transportation for everyone, whether by foot, bike, mobility device, bus, or car.

Get Involved

  • Visit this website regularly (mainstreetsafety.org) for the latest project information.
  • Attend community events, and participate in online open houses.
  • Contact the project team with comments and questions.

Target Schedule

Project Timeline

Project Documents


Meetings and events

Materials will be posted as they become available.

Online open houses

Visit the online open house through December 5.
  • Online Open House #1 – Summary of results to be posted in winter 2019
    Available November 7 through December 5, 2018 – Now closed

Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC)

Learn more about the SAC.

  • SAC #1
    November 6, 2018 – 3:00 to 6:00 pm – Agenda; Meeting Notes
    Springfield City Hall, 225 Main Street, Conference rooms 615-616 – Please note that no public comment was taken during this meeting.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

  • TAC #1
    November 1, 2018 – 1:30 to 3:30 pm – View Agenda
    Springfield City Hall, 225 Main Street, Library Meeting Room – Please note that no public comment was taken during this meeting.

Local Access Meetings

  • More information coming soon.

Governance Team Meetings

  • Visit the Governance Team page to learn more about upcoming meetings and to view past meeting materials.

Presentations to City Council and Planning Commission


More information

Project Purpose Statement

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.

Decision Making Process

Decision Making Process Graphic

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The graphic to the right illustrates the overall stakeholder and decision-making structure. This process has been designed to ensure that the Springfield City Council and advisory groups have the benefit of community input at each major milestone of the planning phase.

The Planning Phase of the Main Street Safety Project is overseen by two decision-making groups, the Main Street Governance Team and the Springfield City Council.  The Governance team includes representatives from the City of Springfield, Lane Transit District, and the Oregon Department of Transportation, and works to provide informed direction and collaborative decision-making to support current Main Street projects. The Springfield City Council provides oversight and final decision-making responsibilities for the project.

About the Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC)

The Strategic Advisory Committee is an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input, feedback, and guidance to staff, and to put together a set of recommendations for the Planning Commission. This Committee is composed of residents, business and property owners, employees and advocates from within the Main Street corridor, and from the wider Springfield community.  There are representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, senior citizens, bike and pedestrian interest groups, and members with disabilities.

Strategic Advisory Committee Membership

  • William Belcher
  • James Coldren
  • Staci Holt
  • Susan Hartmann
  • Dean Huber
  • Dick Jones
  • Marshall Loveday
  • Alyssa Martin
  • Garrick Mishaga
  • Joe Tokatly
  • Jeffrey Wing
  • Dani Wright

For questions about this project, please contact:
Molly Markarian, City of Springfield, 541.726.4611 or http://ourmainstreetspringfield.org/feedback/