This year, immediate safety upgrades are being made on the Main Street/South A Street Corridor in Springfield including:
Improving intersection turn signals for drivers and pedestrians.
Upgrading pedestrian detectors at traffic signals that will extend the crossing time for pedestrians, when needed.
Upgrading and adding LED lighting along the entire corridor.
Refreshing and adding pavement markings and striping.
Adding two marked crosswalks in the downtown area.
Installing speed feedback signs.
Marking bike lane conflict areas.
Maintaining and replacing signs.
Updating an existing short barrier with tall concrete barrier along the OR 126 Expressway approaching Main Street to help direct pedestrians to safer crossing locations.
Whether you walk, roll or ride we are working to make it safer for everyone who uses the corridor.
The project area map on the right shows where the safety upgrades should be expected. Crews will move quickly, and each upgrade will take a few days or less. Work will begin in late August and be completed by October.
Why Main Street/ South A Street Corridor?
This past spring, we committed $10 million to make immediate safety upgrades around the state. We looked for places with a need including:
Where smaller, immediate projects could make a difference.
Areas where more people use the sidewalks and bike lanes for transportation.
Where gaps could be filled in the transportation system to make it safer for all users.
Where crashes could be reduced.
One of those places is the Main Street/South A Street Corridor in Springfield. 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.
How will these immediate safety upgrades work with future plans?
The Main Street Safety Project is currently in its planning phase that will result in a Facility Plan for Main Street. The Facility Plan is moving toward adoption, and it will bring needed larger scale safety changes to help increase safety for everyone using the street. ODOT and the City of Springfield are partners in the current project to ensure that the work ODOT does now serves the community as we move toward long-term corridor safety goals. Visit the project webpage for more information on the Main Street Safety Project.
The smaller safety upgrades to be made now will support the work that is coming in future years after the Main Street Facility Plan is adopted, and funding for design and construction has been secured. These upgrades will be flexible, and equipment can be repurposed into the longer-term construction projects, with some providing more data to help inform future design decisions.
New marked crosswalks in downtown will draw drivers' attention to pedestrians crossing the street. Bicycle conflict striping will alert people bicycling and driving to where their paths cross and they need to look out for one another. Speed feedback signs on the east end of the corridor will remind drivers of the posted speed limits as they are reduced coming into Springfield. Lighting upgrades along the entire corridor will help everyone see and be seen to increase safety.
Main Street / South A Street Corridor
Cost and Funding
$3 million for the OR 126 Safety Upgrades
including those with disabilities, will have access through or around
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