Main Street Safety Project

The Draft Facility Plan
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and feedback.

Check out Fact Sheet #6 for the main points and the overall recommendation, all the ways you can provide feedback, links to the draft Facility Plan, and the current project timeline.

A cyclist rides along Main Street near traffic.

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

Why are we doing this?

653 crashes between 2012-2016, 24 severe crashes and the loss of 6 lives. Intersections with the highest number of crashes: 42nd Street (70 crashes), Bob Straub Parkway (38 crashes), 58th Street (36 crashes), and 28th Street (34 crashes). Only 3% of all crashes involved pedestrians — yet they are involved in 75% of fatal crashes and 21% of all crashes deemed either fatal or severe. Route 11 along Main Street has the second highest ridership in the LTD system, serving over 1,500 people daily!

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.

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 will likely go up by 20-30% 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 engaging our Springfield community and working 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.

What we’ve heard – March 2022

We’ve heard some misconceptions about the project. We encourage you to learn more below to get the facts about the Main Street Safety Project:

  • It’s not just about pedestrian safety
  • It would not need extensive new right-of-way
  • It’s not a one size fits all design concept
  • It would not be built all at once
  • It’s not fully funded for design and construction
  • It would not prevent all left turns on Main Street
  • It’s not an enforcement and education project
  • LTD is involved, but it is not a Lane Transit District project
  • It’s not about adding EmX service

Learn More about the Misconceptions

Additionally, we’ve received questions about what community outreach has occurred to date for the project. We publish our efforts to this site and you can View Community Engagement Efforts here.

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What’s next…

The City of Springfield has extended the timeline for the planning phase of the Main Street Safety Project. With this decision, the scheduled May 2 City Council public hearing will not occur.

Instead, prior to the Council’s summer recess, the Council will hold a series of work sessions to dive more in-depth into the Draft Main Street Facility Plan to increase their understanding of the recommendations, and their benefits and costs.

Draft Main Street Safety Facility Plan work sessions are scheduled for:

  • 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 6
  • 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 13
  • 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 20
  • 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 27

Agendas for the upcoming work sessions will be posted at the Thursday prior to each work session.

Please note there is no public comment accepted during work sessions. The Council will reschedule the public hearing for February 2023. The community will be notified once a date(s) has been selected.

Documents, Meetings and Events – Click link to view copies of all fact sheets, memos, reports, meeting summaries, community outreach efforts and other project information.

Get Involved

  • Visit this website regularly ( for the latest project information.
  • Contact the project team with comments and questions.

Target Schedule

The project schedule was extended to allow for additional community outreach to occur in 2021 resulting in the public hearing and adoption processes to be moved to 2022.Project Kickoff, Community Priorities: Summer 2018. Existing Conditions, Inventory and Analysis: Fall 2018. Goals and objectives: Fall 2018. Develop solutions: Spring 2019. Evaluate solutions: Fall 2019. Recommended solutions: Winter 2020. Draft Plan and Policies: Spring 2020. Adoption: 2020/2021. Community Engagement: Winter 2019, Fall 2019, 2020/2021.

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. (View past SAC meeting information.)

Strategic Advisory Committee Membership

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

For questions about this project, please contact:

Molly Markarian, City of Springfield
541.726.4611 or