Project News

    5-29-18 Good News: Open Now

    Thanks to everyone once again for your patience throughout the project. - Kristi Krueger, City of Springfield Project Manager and Principal Engineer

    New Franklin Boulevard opened for traffic last week, four months ahead of schedule. The project is touching up some final items in the coming weeks. All of the project elements are completed and in use, including new protected bike facilities, pedestrian facilities, stormwater facilities, landscaping, decorative LED lighting, and roundabouts.

    The team worked hard to respond to resident questions, business concerns, and construction challenges. Now that the roundabouts are fully open, please use caution and yield to traffic in the roundabout and to pedestrians crossing the roadway. Here is a link to our multi-lane roundabout brochure.

     

    Kristi Krueger, P.E.
    Principal Engineer
    City of Springfield
    541-726-4584

    This e-update is an important way to stay informed about the project. You will receive them automatically. If you do not want to receive future emails about the New Franklin Blvd project, just send us an email at info@newfranklinblvd.organd we will take you off the list.

    4-23-18 Ahead of Schedule!

    Spring is here, and the City of Springfield plans to complete the project and open all lanes of traffic by early June. Already, the City has opened the westbound left on Brooklyn, and Dari Mart customers are appreciative.

    The project is four months ahead of schedule.

     

    March, 2018
    November, 2017

    A stand of large trees will contribute to the urban forest canopy. Traffic studies show that street trees slow traffic and help people focus on safe driving. 
    The wetland plants in the roundabouts will filter pollutants from rainwater.
    Recycled from San Diego, these light fixtures received new LED bulbs to increase energy efficiency. 

    We will continue to keep you informed, and thank you again for your support through construction.
    How can I get up-to-date information on traffic impacts of this project?
    • Sign up for traffic update emails at Keep Us Moving Info
    • Read the Register Guard weekly road report (Sundays)
    • For bus route information, visit LTD.org or call 541-687-5555
    • Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck
    How can I get up-to-date information on this project? 
    • Visit the project website at newfranklinblvd.org
    • If you received this email directly, you will continue to receive e-updates
    • If this email was forwarded to you, then Sign Up for Email Updates
    • Call Project Manager, Kristi Krueger at 541-726-4584
     

    Kristi Krueger, P.E.
    Principal Engineer
    City of Springfield
    541-726-4584

    This e-update is an important way to stay informed about the project. You will receive them automatically. If you do not want to receive future emails about the New Franklin Blvd project, just send us an email at info@newfranklinblvd.org and we will take you off the list.

    2-9-18 Aerial Photo of Construction

    Aerial Photo of Franklin Boulevard Phase 1 Construction in Glenwood

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    11-30-17 A Productive Season

     

    A PRODUCTIVE SEASON

    It has been a productive construction season for New Franklin Boulevard!  Starting in April of this year, crews worked steadily to build sidewalks, curbs, stormwater planters, bicycle facilities, and travel lanes for both the north and south portions of the roundabout. Construction will be minimal over the holiday season, starting again on January 8.
    Check out the evolution of the roundabout from two aerial photographs taken a few months apart (click images to enlarge):
    November 2017
    September 2017

    Stormwater planters and sidewalks under construction:

    We will continue to keep you informed, and thank you again for your support through construction.
    How can I get up-to-date information on traffic impacts of this project?
    • Sign up for traffic update emails at Keep Us Moving Info
    • Read the Register Guard weekly road report (Sundays)
    • For bus route information, visit LTD.org or call 541-687-5555
    • Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck
    How can I get up-to-date information on this project? 
    • Visit the project website at newfranklinblvd.org
    • If you received this email directly, you will continue to receive e-updates
    • If this email was forwarded to you, then Sign Up for Email Updates
    • Call Project Manager, Kristi Krueger at 541-726-4584
     

    Kristi Krueger, P.E.
    Principal Engineer
    City of Springfield
    541-726-4584

    This e-update is an important way to stay informed about the project. You will receive them automatically. If you do not want to receive future emails about the New Franklin Blvd project, just send us an email at info@newfranklinblvd.org and we will take you off the list.
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    11-1-17 Aerial Photo of Construction

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    Check out this aerial image of the work completed on New Franklin Boulevard as of October 30, 2017! The image was taken with a drone by Wildish Construction Co., the contractor for the project.

    Click on image to enlarge.


    10-30-17 Striping and New Concrete

    STRIPING AND NEW CONCRETE

    More progress has been made on New Franklin Boulevard! Late last week, striping occurred for the eastbound lanes, and eastbound traffic was moved onto the new concrete. Plus, the eastbound right turn from Franklin Boulevard to South Franklin Boulevard/ McVay Highway opened (see detour map below). We appreciate travelers continuing to use caution in the construction area. For more information visit http://newfranklinblvd.org/

    Click image for full detour map

    We will continue to keep you informed, and thank you again for your support through construction.
    How can I get up-to-date information on traffic impacts of this project?
    • Sign up for traffic update emails at Keep Us Moving Info
    • Read the Register Guard weekly road report (Sundays)
    • For bus route information: visit LTD.org or call 541-687-5555
    • Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck
    How can I get up-to-date information on this project? 
    • Visit the project website at newfranklinblvd.org
    • If you received this email directly, you will continue to receive e-updates
    • If this email was forwarded to you, then Sign Up for Email Updates
    • Call Project Manager, Kristi Krueger at 541-726-4584

    10-3-17 Aerial Photo of Construction

    Franklin roundabouts October 3 2017 small size

    Check out this aerial image of the work completed on New Franklin Boulevard as of October 3, 2017! The image was taken with a drone by Wildish Construction Co., the contractor for the project.

     Click on image to enlarge.


    9-28-17 Right Turn Open

    RIGHT TURN OPEN
    Work on New Franklin Boulevard is ahead of schedule.  As of yesterday, the right turn lane from South Franklin Boulevard/McVay Highway onto Franklin Boulevard is now open.  Please continue to use caution in the area as construction crews work on other features of the project.
    Click image for full detour map
    Why a double roundabout?

    The original roundabout concept, a large single circle, would have required purchasing a lot of active business property. So the design engineers came back with a solution with fewer impacts to surrounding property.

    The large roundabout is designed to serve existing travel to the east, west and south, and the small roundabout is designed to serve future development to the north, between Franklin Boulevard and the Willamette River, as envisioned in the Glenwood Refinement Plan.
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    We will continue to keep you informed, and thank you again for your support through construction.
    How can I get up-to-date information on traffic impacts of this project?
    • Sign up for traffic update emails at Keep Us Moving Info
    • Read the Register Guard weekly road report (Sundays)
    • For bus route information: visit LTD.org or call 541-687-5555
    • Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck
    How can I get up-to-date information on this project? 
    • Visit the project website at newfranklinblvd.org
    • If you received this email directly, you will continue to receive e-updates
    • If this email was forwarded to you, then Sign Up for Email Updates
    • Call Project Manager, Kristi Krueger at 541-726-4584
     

    Kristi Krueger, P.E.
    Principal Engineer
    City of Springfield
    541-726-4584

    This e-update is an important way to stay informed about the project. You will receive them automatically. If you do not want to receive future emails about the New Franklin Blvd project, just send us an email at info@newfranklinblvd.organd we will take you off the list.

    9-14-17 We Are Making Progress

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    We Are Making Progress      
    Click on this drone image to see recent progress

    Construction is exciting and often complicated. It is exciting to see the new concrete framework for bioswales and rain gardens where plants and soil will clean out the pollutants that get washed off the road before the stormwater reaches the streams and rivers. It is exciting to see the beginnings of new sidewalks with a separation of pedestrians and bicyclists for improved travel safety. And now all the property needed has successfully been acquired to complete Phase 1 construction. This is vital progress that helps move the vision for Glenwood forward.

    Bioswale and rain garden
    Sidewalk construction

    By early fall we aim to be far enough along to reopen a section for travel, beginning with northbound McVay Highway turning eastbound on Franklin towards Springfield. This should decrease the number of vehicles that need to use the detour.

    Sealing the joints ensures the longevity of the new road
    Communication Helps Us All

    Thank you for your understanding and patience, for sharing valuable suggestions, and for the appreciation we have received from neighbors who know that we are doing our best to get the job done safely and as quickly as possible with the least disruption. In response, we recently:

    • Installed a temporary Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) to make crossing Franklin Boulevard safer for pedestrians and bicyclists
    • Placed gravel to fill ruts on Brooklyn Street and the U-Haul driveway
    • Installed an asphalt path for pedestrians, and installed asphalt at the Brooklyn approach
    • Moved a no-left-turn sign and an overhead-line sign to help traffic flow better
    • Springfield Police continue to help to slow detour traffic
    Temporary Rapid Flash Beacon helps pedestrians cross the road
    Work crews are building curbs and pouring travel lanes, working on the roundabout, and installing the utilities for new lighting.
    Building a rolled curb for emergency vehicles and trucks
    The center island is taking shape

    We will continue to keep you informed, and thank you again for your support through construction.
    How can I get up-to-date information on traffic impacts of this project?
    • Sign up for traffic update emails at Keep Us Moving Info
    • Read the Register Guard weekly road report (Sundays)
    • For bus route information: visit LTD.org or call 541-687-5555
    • Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck
    How can I get up-to-date information on this project? 
    • Visit the project website at newfranklinblvd.org
    • If you received this email directly, you will continue to receive e-updates
    • If this email was forwarded to you, then Sign Up for Email Updates
    • Call Project Manager, Kristi Krueger at 541-726-4584

    6-13-17 Working Hard to Troubleshoot

    Working Hard to Trouble-Shoot      

    Thank you for reporting concerns and for sharing suggestions for improvements.  We recognize that life in or near a construction zone can be difficult and the City is truly committed to doing what we can to help. We are working hard to fix the problems we can. Our priorities are safety first and then convenience.

    We have restricted the left turn onto Franklin Boulevard from S. Brooklyn Avenue to make the intersection as safe as possible during construction.We are looking at ways that we can manage the flow of traffic on Franklin to create gaps between groups of cars to allow vehicles to enter Franklin from the side streets more easily. We are unfortunately limited in our options, but we are committed to trouble shooting these concerns and issues. To travel into Eugene from S. Brooklyn Avenue, turn right onto Franklin Boulevard, cross the bridge over the Willamette River and turn left onto Mill Street then left onto Main Street.

    We also understand that crossing Franklin Boulevard, as a pedestrian is a concern for folks.  We have added more pedestrian crossing signs and we will be adding additional crosswalk striping.  We are continuing to research ways to improve the pedestrian crossings. In response to concerns we have:

    • Had a tractor trailer moved that obstructed views on the detour and installed No Parking signs at this location
    • Posted Dead End signs on multiple side streets
    • Added Slow signs and striping on Henderson Avenue and E.19th Avenue
    • Created a buffered pedestrian walk on Franklin Boulevard
    • Installed Pedestrian Xing signs and we will add crosswalk striping on Franklin Boulevard
    • Improved instructions for flaggers on S. Franklin/McVay Highway
    • Added more directional signs to businesses

    As Glenwood residents, business, and property owners communicate concerns, we work really hard to try to improve the situation as much as possible.  We truly care and are trying to do what we can to ease the disruptions during construction.  Thank you again for your patience and support.

    How can I get up-to-date information on traffic impacts of this project?

    • Sign up for traffic update emails at Keep Us Moving Info
    • Read the Register Guard weekly road report (Sundays)
    • For bus route information: visit LTD.org or call 541-687-5555
    • Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck
    How can I get up-to-date information on this project?
    • Visit the project website at newfranklinblvd.org
    • If you received this email directly, you will continue to receive e-updates
    • If this email was forwarded to you, then Sign Up for Email Updates
    • Call Project Manager, Kristi Krueger at 541-726-4584

    5-23-17 Detour Starts Wednesday

    Preparations are complete and the detour will go into effect Wednesday morning, May 24th.  The intersection of Franklin Boulevard and South Franklin (McVay Highway 225) will be closed to turns while under construction.  A detour, as shown below, will be provided to access all businesses and residences. Wednesday afternoon traffic will be shifted to the north side of Franklin Boulevard with one lane in each direction. At this time the signal at Brooklyn Avenue will be turned off. Thank you for your patience.

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    City Responds

    Area residents provided helpful feedback that led to some adjustments. The City will install Dead End signs on Brooklyn Street and Mississippi Avenue, and installed additional signs to help direct the public to businesses on South Franklin (McVay Highway) between Franklin Boulevard and 19th Avenue.
    In response to comments, the City also redesigned the intersection at Brooklyn to allow a westbound left turn and shifted the LTD station location to reduce property impact.

    How can I get up-to-date information on traffic impacts of this project?

    • Sign up for traffic update emails at Keep Us Moving Info
    • Read the Register Guard weekly road report (Sundays)
    • For bus route information: visit LTD.org or call 541-687-5555
    • Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck
    How can I get up-to-date information on this project?
    • Visit the project website at newfranklinblvd.org
    • If you received this email directly, you will continue to receive e-updates
    • If this email was forwarded to you, then Sign Up for Email Updates
    • Call Project Manager, Kristi Krueger at 541-726-4584

    5-1-17 Construction Detour, All Businesses Open

    Beginning in mid-May 2017, the intersection of Franklin Boulevard and South Franklin (McVay Highway 225) will be closed to turns while under construction. Construction will take place between 7 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday, unless otherwise notified.  A detour will be provided to access all businesses and residences.

     

    How can I get up-to-date information on traffic impacts of this project?

    • Detour Map

      Click to Enlarge

      Sign up for traffic update emails at Keep Us Moving Info

    • Read the Register Guard weekly road report (Mondays)
    • For bus route information: visit LTD.org or call 541-687-5555
    • Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck
    How can I get up-to-date information on this project?
    • Visit the project website at newfranklinblvd.org
    • If you received this email directly, you will continue to receive periodic e-updates
    • If this email was forwarded to you, then Sign Up for Email Updates
    • Call Project Manager, Kristi Krueger at 541-726-4584

     


    3-29-17 Construction Underway in Glenwood

    The next steps to prepare for the road construction are about to start, while utility work continues day and night.

    Beginning in mid-April, Wildish Construction Company will prepare six buildings for removal. The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department will take advantage of the opportunity to use the buildings for trainings before they are demolished.

    By mid-May, road construction will be underway with completion anticipated by late autumn of 2018.  We thank you for your patience during construction.

    There will be a detour for South Franklin Boulevard/McVay Highway during the construction project. Specific plans are being determined working with the contractor. Once known we will share the details of the detour route. Access to local residences and businesses will be maintained.

    Phase 1 construction will end at the Mississippi Street intersection with Franklin Boulevard.  The Phase 1 road design is modified to accommodate westbound left turns onto Brooklyn Street.

    To view e-update: Franklin Update 3-29-17


    1-31-17 Right-of-Way Impacts

     

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    The City has worked to reduce the overall impacts to property and business owners throughout the project. Staff has worked with the property and business owners to purchase property, assist in the cut and reface of buildings that are partially in the new right-of-way or relocate businesses that are needing to move as noted in the image.


    12-9-16 NEPA Document: Categorical Exclusion

    The City of Springfield and ODOT conducted an analysis of impacts as required by the federal government.  The following document describes the impacts and concludes that the project does not have significant individual or cumulative impacts according to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

    Franklin Blvd NEPA Document: Categorical Exclusion 120916

    Appendices to the above document:

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    11-16-16 Progress Update - New Franklin Blvd Utility Work

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    8-8-16 Happening Now - New Franklin Blvd Utility Work

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    5-26-16 Moving into Summer

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    11-16-15 Springfield and A3 Partner on Roundabout Art

    E-Update to the Interested Parties List:

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    10-29-15 New Roundabouts Instructional Video

    To help increase the community's awareness and understanding of how to use and observe both one-lane and two-lane roundabouts, the City of Springfield has produced a new instructional video with step by step instructions on how to use the different types of roundabouts. The video shows how pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists should safely use a roundabout together and how to observe one another's movements within each type of roundabout.

     

    https://youtu.be/LHEMbIzswKA


    9-15-15 Open House 9/30/15: Summary Posted!

    Open House Summary

    Approximately 160 people attended the Open House on September 30th. View Franklin Open House Summary

    Graphics displayed at the Open House:

    Roundabout Details Phase 1 McVay to Mississippi

    Key Facts Flyer

    Text from the Invitation:

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 

    Stop in between 5:00-7:00 pm 

    Roaring Rapids Pizza, Great Bear Hall, 4006 Franklin Blvd

    Sign up for our Email Updates if you can't make it!

    The City of Springfield invites you to see the new design for Franklin Blvd from McVay Hwy to Mississippi Ave. Phase 1 construction, from McVay Hwy to Mississippi Ave., is anticipated to begin summer 2016. No residences will be displaced by the road design and construction.

     

     


    7-16-15 Franklin Blvd. Project Update

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    The Franklin Blvd. project in Glenwood is fully underway! In 2014 staff completed a preliminary determination that the project qualifies for a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Categorical Exclusion. The Federal Highway Administration agreed with the approach. Since then, we have been working hard to meet our obligations under NEPA and hope to have final Categorical Exclusion approval soon. Staff has now started the design and right-of-way phase. The above image is a rendering of what Franklin Boulevard will look like after the project is completed from the intersection of South Franklin/McVay Hwy and Mississippi St looking to the west.

    During the environmental process a layout of the future cross-section of the road was developed in order to analyze the environmental impacts and was further refined numerous times to reduce the overall impacts of the project.  The final layout is shown below and includes:

    • 2 vehicle lanes in each direction
    • Protected bike facility
    • Wide sidewalks
    • Roundabout intersections
    • Access lanes on select blocks
    • New permanent bus rapid transit stations
    • Green water quality treatment facilities
    • Landscaping
    • Decorative roadway and pedestrian level lighting
    • Preserved right-of-way for future needs

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    What Is Happening Now?

    • Design of the roundabouts has started with the horizontal preliminary layout submitted for McVay Hwy to Mississippi Ave.
    • Design of the entire corridor is in process with 30% expected to be completed this September. This design will include the entire horizontal design from McVay Hwy to Glenwood Blvd., vertical alignments and grading to build a 3D model of the roadway, swale locations, and pavement design.
    • We are in the process of acquiring right-of-way for Phase 1 (McVay Hwy. to Mississippi Ave.).
    • The current plan for construction is to construct Phase 1 (McVay Hwy. to Mississippi Ave.) as funding allows. The hope is to begin construction of Phase 1 in the summer of 2016
    • The City recently submitted a TIGER grant application to aid in funding the right-of-way acquisition and construction of the remaining portion of the project from Mississippi Ave. to Glenwood Blvd.
    • Staff continues to work with property and business owners directly affected by Phase 1.

    Project Background

    The redevelopment planning of the Glenwood area began in 2004 with the Glenwood Urban Renewal Plan, followed by the Franklin Boulevard Study, the adoption of the Glenwood Refinement Plan, and annexation of Franklin Blvd. into the City of Springfield. More information on the project background can be found at Project Background.

     


    6-3-15 Construction Grant submitted

    The City of Springfield has applied for a TIGER 7 Grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation for Franklin Boulevard construction. View the entire grant application in the Project Library. Grant awards will be announced Fall 2015.


    5-5-15 Rendering Image of Franklin Boulevard

    The image below is a rendering of what Franklin Boulevard will look like after the project is completed from the intersection of South Franklin/McVay Hwy and Mississippi St looking to the west.

    Click here to view as a pdf. file Franklin-McVay_Render_5-4-15

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    3-3-15 Join the E-Update list!

    This week the City sent out the first of several e-updates about the project.  Please click HERE if you would like to receive regular e-updates on the project.  View a copy of the e-update:  e-update- Changes Planned for Franklin Boulevard in Glenwood 3-10-15


    2-29-15 Postcard sent to Glenwood residents and businesses

    Recognizing the importance of communicating accurate information to the public, the City of Springfield mailed a postcard to all Glenwood addresses announcing the project and sharing ways to stay informed.

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    1-20-15 Communicating with Property Owners and Businesses

    The City recently completed the required environmental analysis and amendment to the Glenwood Refinement Plan. In doing so, on 1-15-15 the City received the Notice to Proceed for the final design phase from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).  As a first step to the final design phase, surveyors will be working in the corridor during approximately the next six weeks. At times, the surveyors will need to survey on private property throughout the corridor as part of the final design phase. If you are a business or property owner and have questions please contact kkrueger@springfield-or.gov or 541-726-4584. The following letters were mailed to business and property owners after receiving the Notice to Proceed from ODOT.

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    4-25-14 Moving Forward

    On February 24, 2014, the Springfield City Council was provided an update on the project and agreed to move forward to meet with the Federal Highway Administration and begin public outreach. Below are the items presented to Council as part of the update.