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OR 126 East McKenzie Highway Safety Study


Region 2: Willamette Valley and Northwest Oregon (Lane)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Study looking at 66 miles of OR 126 and identifying potential safety improvements.​

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enlarged project map iconOR 126 East, also known as McKenzie Highway, is a 66-mile rural two-lane highway connecting the Eugene/Springfield area to U.S. 20. There are many small communities along the highway. It's also a popular route for tourists and recreational users, and a designated freight route.

We're working with Lane County on a safety study because of the number and severity of crashes along this section of highway. The purpose of the study is to better understand the causes of the crashes. We'll also identify low cost, high benefit safety solutions that can possibly be funded and constructed within the next five years. ​

To help with the effort, a technical advisory committee (TAC) and a stakeholder advisory committee (SAC) have been formed to provide input for the study. These groups include emergency responders, local residents, bike and pedestrian advocates, freight representatives and local partners from Lane County. 

Past Meetings and Events

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our in person or online open house. We appreciate you sharing your safety concerns and experiences on the highway, whether you drive, ride, walk or bike.​

  • View the archived online open house that was open from Jul. 12 - 31, 2023.

  • We held an in-person open house on Thursday, Jul. 13 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the McKenzie Fire & Rescue Station.

  • View the archived online open house​ that was open from Jan. 30 - Feb. 13, 2023. 

  • We held an in-person open house on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the McKenzie Fire & Rescue Station. ​


We began working on the study in August 2022 and expect to complete the final report in September 2023​.


OR 126 |

​Springfield city limits to the junction with U.S. 20

Cost and Funding

The budget for the study is $123,000.

Contacts & Media

study area map

Project Contacts

Transportation Planner
Bill Johnston

Public Information Officer
Mindy McCartt

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Last Updated

9/19/2023 2:17 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
OR_126_East-Open_House_1-Flyer.pdfOR 126 East Safety Study - First Open House Flyer