The Main Street Safety Project will make changes that improve safety and accessibility for all users.
Help make Main Street safer for people walking, biking, driving, and taking transit.
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.
Project News – June 21, 2022
At the June 20, 2022, Council meeting, Springfield City Councilors adopted a resolution directing the development of an alternative plan for Main Street safety improvements. This action means the existing Draft Main Street Facility Plan, which included raised medians and up to nine roundabouts, is not moving forward for further consideration.
“This is a significant decision for Springfield, and we want to provide the best path forward for Main Street,” said Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon. “We’ve heard from the community, we are listening to their needs and concerns, and we need to take the time to develop a vision for this corridor that is clear, supports business, and improves safety.”
Over the next approximately nine months, the City Council will develop a different plan to address safety on Main Street. Agendas for Council meetings are posted at https://springfield-or.gov/city/city-council-meetings/ the Thursday prior to each meeting.
- Comments can still be submitted to http://ourmainstreetspringfield.org/feedback/
- Comments received will be provided to the City Council as part of any future public hearing process.
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The project schedule has been extended again by approximately nine months to develop an alternative plan for consideration in 2023. See Project News section above for more details. The project schedule was previously extended to allow for additional community outreach to occur in 2021 resulting in the project being extended into 2022.
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/