11-16-2021 RAISE Grant Awarded for Phase 2 of Franklin Boulevard Partnership Project

The City of Springfield along with partners City of Eugene and Lane Transit District have been awarded $19 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding America Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program for Phase 2 of the Franklin Boulevard Partnership project.

The money will be used to continue to transform Franklin Boulevard and create better transportation between Eugene and Springfield. The project will connect nearby neighborhoods, improve the bus rapid transit (BRT) system, deliver significant environmental benefits, and improve safety for travelers by adding continuous sidewalks, and safer more convenient connections to the regional bicycle network. An additional roundabout will be added at Mississippi Avenue with a new roundabout and other improvements in Eugene to increase the number of people who can move through and along the corridor..

Upon hearing the news of being awarded the RAISE grant Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon said, “The City of Springfield is honored to receive this RAISE grant to help rebuild Franklin Boulevard. Our community deserves a modern transportation corridor which emphasizes roadway safety and mobility. We are grateful to our partners at the City of Eugene and Lane Transit District for their teamwork in bringing these competitive funds to our region. This award will set the tone locally for America’s planned reinvestment in critical infrastructure over the next decade to support quality of life, jobs, transportation choices, and a healthy local economy. We cannot thank our Federal Delegation enough, including Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, and Congressman Peter DeFazio, for their support and leadership.”

Click here to read the full update and for more information about the RAISE grant, the Franklin Boulevard Partnership project, and to sign up on our project e-update list, visit https://bit.ly/FranklinPH2