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 windy, and in poor condition; is used by trucks, cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians; and 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
4/03/2014 - Project Update

The project team has been developing two design alternatives based on the public input received at our first open house in October of 2013.  Both alternatives would result in a 34-foot wide road; travel lanes would be widened, shoulders would be added, horizontal and vertical curves would be realigned, and new bridges would raise the road and eliminate repeat flood events.
  

Alternative “A” would widen the road and mostly maintain the existing road alignment. “Alternative “B” would also widen the road and maintain the existing road alignment and would re-build the road completely off of the landslide area (Stoney Point).  To view the realignment options at Stoney Point, click here.  The design alternatives will be presented at an open house scheduled for June of 2014.  Details will follow on this website.  To be added to our interested parties list, email Sarah Wilkinson.

 

The Department of Transportation recently announced funding available through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program.  Only a few projects that apply will be awarded funds.  Due to the challenge in obtaining construction dollars, the project team is preparing a grant application for the design taking shape though the corridor planning process.  A preliminary evaluation indicated the less expensive Alternative “A” has the greatest potential to be successful in the TIGER process.

The grant application will be submitted on April 25th, 2014, and the awards announced this fall.  If successful, construction would begin in 2016.  The project team is seeking support for the grant application.  We invite you use this Sample Letter to voice your support.  Please fill in the highlighted sections.  You are also welcome to write your own letter of support.  Please submit your letter of support by Wednesday, April 23rd.  You can submit your letter by email to Sarah Wilkinson or by mail to:

Sarah Wilkinson
Lane County Public Works
3040 North Delta Highway
Eugene, OR 97408


To view all project news, click here.

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 Sarah Wilkinson.

Contact Information
For more information, please contact:

Sarah Wilkinson
Planning Lead
(541) 682-6932
Email
 
Lydia McKinney
Project Manager
(541) 682-6930
Email