The City of Springfield and the Oregon Department of Transportation have launched their second online open house as part of a second round of community engagement efforts for the planning phase of the Main Street Safety Project. Community feedback gathered during this round of community engagement will build upon the first round of community engagement for the project as well as prior community visioning and planning efforts for Main Street, and input from the Our Main Street Springfield Governance Team and the Springfield City Council.
The second online open house went live today, March 4, 2020, on the project website at http://mainstreetsafety.org. Through this second online open house, feedback from the community will be gathered to inform which possible infrastructure elements are preferred to address the safety problem on Main Street. The possible infrastructure elements being considered include raised medians, intersection control, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian facilities, and Enhanced Corridor transit.
What: Launch of Online Open House
Who: Community members, business and property owners on or near Main Street
When: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 through April 13, 2020
Where: Online Open House will be available on the project website at http://mainstreetsafety.org
The first online open house for the project occurred in fall 2018 and captured input and feedback from the community on the values that the plan should reflect, which helped inform project-specific goals and objectives to guide the development and evaluation of possible improvement solutions that 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 ongoing traffic safety education and enforcement.
The results from the first online open house provided direction for the types of possible infrastructure elements to be considered and are included in the second online open house currently available for the community to provide feedback on.
The project team has prepared a comprehensive community engagement plan to facilitate thorough input and feedback from community members. The full plan is available on the project website at http://mainstreetsafety.org.
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.