On October 1, 2013, the Lane County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing, and upon deliberating after the public hearing, unanimously approved the Row River Trail Corridor Plan and the preferred design alternative contained therein by Order No. 13-10-01-09. To view the Row River Trail Corridor Plan, click here.
The Row River Trail (Trail) is an outstanding example of the many recreational resources found in Lane County. Part of the State of Oregon’s Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway, the Trail is a popular recreation corridor for residents of and visitors to Lane County that provides significant economic benefit to nearby cities and rural communities. The 17 mile long Rails-to-Trails trail begins in downtown Cottage Grove, ends in Culp Creek, and crosses Lane County (County) roads at four locations: Mile Post (MP) 0.75 of Layng Road and MPs 4.0, 5.4, and 11.0 of Row River Road.
The Row River Trail Corridor Plan (Plan) addresses trail and road user safety improvements needed at locations where the Trail crosses Lane County roads. These improvements will in turn enhance the recreational opportunities along the Trail. Development of the Plan was prompted by a bicyclist fatality in September of 2011 at the Trail crossing at Mile Post 4.0 of Row River Road, the second such fatality at this location since 2007. Immediately after this tragedy, the County and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) partnered to address trail and road user safety at Trail crossings, an effort that included development of this Plan.
Development of the Plan was supported and guided by numerous stakeholders, agencies, and community members who contributed their knowledge and expertise. The robust public involvement process shaped the preferred design alternatives and resulted in this Plan that reflects the public’s interests and priorities and that has public support.
The Plan documents the public involvement process, existing conditions, trail design recommendations, and design alternatives. The preferred design alternative is a package of safety improvements for all four locations where the Trail crosses County roads. Reconstruction of the Trail is recommended at two of these crossings, including construction of a perpendicular undercrossing at the Trail crossing at MP 4.0 of Row River Road and realignment of the Trail (at-grade) at the Trail crossing at MP 5.4 of Row River Road. Signage, striping, and lighting improvements are proposed at all four locations where the Trail crosses County roads. A Federal Lands Access Program grant was awarded in 2013 to fund implementation of the preferred design alternative.
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