The Main Street Safety Project will make changes that improve safety and accessibility for all users.
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.
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 so far
In recent outreach, community members ranked the values that the plan should reflect. Among the results:
- Safety ranked highest within all groups, by a wide margin.
- Traffic mobility and business access ranked high.
- Public transit, cost, and street character were significant, but didn’t rank as highly as other values.
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!
(Find copies of memos, reports, meeting summaries, and other project information.)
- 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.
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
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 http://ourmainstreetspringfield.org/feedback/