The Lane County Transit District (LTD) has scheduled works to upgrade a section of the Kincaid Street transit facilities for the University of Oregon. Construction is anticipated to commence 14 June 2011, during the summer break for students, with a proposed date of completion of 16 September 2011, operating in time for the new academic year.
The construction is part of the Lane Transit District rolling plan to upgrade the West University area in Eugene, with funding to come from state monies. In 2010, the Lane Transit District submitted an application to the Oregon Transit Commission (OTC) for funding to upgrade the interchange at a cost of $2.3m. The OTC agreed to fund the project to the value of $2.1m, with the balance of $200,000 to be paid for the Lane Transit District. However, the Lane Transit District earlier in 2010 received a payment from the Oregon Department of Transport (ODOT) to the value of $200,000, to fund the review of design options, solicit public response and develop construction plans for the project.
The scheduled work intended to increase the efficiency of the facilities servicing the growing University population. This first phase, however, while maintaining the existing one way northbound traffic flow and on street parking, will encroach upon the eastern sidewalk. The existing curb side bus stops will become recessed bays, requiring the removal of seven large trees. A new pedestrian crossing will be added at East 12th Avenue, and a new set of traffic light signals will be installed at East 11th Avenue. Other peripheral works will include bus shelters, some much needed lighting and the addition of bicycle parking.
Further works are not yet scheduled, as the Lane Transit District has opted to improve the area over time and only when funding becomes available.