Territorial Highway Corridor Plan 

The Territorial Highway Corridor Plan (Plan) will address safety for all users of a particularly dangerous section of Territorial Highway. The Plan will focus on a 5.7-mile long section of the Highway that extends south from Gillespie Corners to Cottage Grove-Lorane Road. This section is narrow and in poor condition. It is used by trucks, cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians. This is a key transportation link to rural communities and forest, farming, and winery businesses. The Plan will document the process of developing and selecting a preferred design alternative supported by the public. The Plan will also include preliminary designs for the preferred design alternative.

Latest News

8/24/2015 - Project Update

Lane County and ODOT continue to partner in the planning and design process for improving Territorial Highway. We have been collecting information about cultural resources, wetlands, and geology -- investigating what it would take to implement the preferred design alternative that was supported through the public process. There are design solutions for avoiding the cultural resource sites and for mitigating wetland impacts; however, the geological findings at Stony Point prompted further analysis of the preferred design alternative.

The results of our geotechnical readings over the past several months indicate movement at the active slide at Stony Point. The stabilization needed to construct the preferred design alternative could be cost-prohibitive and would have a significant footprint. We have identified a range of possible alternative solutions, such as structural anchors and terracing. It may be necessary to consider alignment adjustments for cuts into the hillside. Any alignment changes would need to be discussed with affected property owners and would require additional geotechnical investigation.

Current funding will allow completion of the corridor plan and preliminary design work, but there is no funding identified to complete the design or to construct the improvements. We will seek funding to complete the design work through the upcoming State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Obtaining funding to complete the design will make the project "shovel ready" which better positions the project for construction funding. We will aks for letters of support and public testimony during the application process. 

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Planning Process
Lane County, in partnership with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), will develop the Plan. The planning process involves several steps from describing existing conditions to developing and selecting a preferred design alternative. Public involvement in the planning process is critical to ensuring a successful outcome. There will be a variety of opportunities for the public to provide input and participate in the planning process. Following completion of the draft Plan, public hearings will be held before the Lane County Roads Advisory Committe (RAC) and the Lane County Board of Commissioners (Board).

The planning process is supported by a Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program grant. Lane County's successful grant application was supported by numerous stakeholders, including community members, emergency service providers, members of the bicycling community, and logging and trucking industries. Private donors contributed $100,000 in local matching funds to support the planning process.

Participating in the Planning Process
The public involvement process will inform and obtain input from the public at key project milestones.  Public involvement actions and activities will include a stakeholder advisory committee, public open houses, and public hearings before the RAC and Board. This project website will be regularly updated throughout the planning process.  To view the public open house schedule, exhibits and documents, click here.  To be added to our interested parties email list to receive notice of important events, provide your name and email address to Becky Taylor.

Contact Information
For more information, please contact:
Becky Taylor
(541) 682-6932