Contact: Lane County Public Information Officer Anne Marie Levis, 541-915-4659
Lane County and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are hosting a second open house on the Row River Trail Corridor Plan and want the community’s input before finalizing recommendations for safety improvements.
The open house is from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 12 at the Cottage Grove Community Center, 700 E. Gibbs Avenue, in Cottage Grove. Interested community members are encouraged to attend.
Lydia McKinney, Lane County senior planner, said the open house will include a presentation and discussion of specific design alternatives for crossings where the Row River Trail intersects County roads, and recommendations for additional safety improvements.
“This is an important trail in our community and we hope people come and share their thoughts as we finalize plans for improving safety,” McKinney said.
The development of the Row River Trail Corridor Plan has also had significant involvement from various community stakeholders including the Coalition for Bicycle Safety, Oregon Equestrian Trails, and Greater Eugene Area Riders. Additionally, the project has a Technical Advisory Committee that includes representatives from local jurisdictions, technical experts, and community members.
For more information go to www.lanecounty.org/rowrivertrail
Lane County and the BLM began a partnership in the fall of 2011 to address safety concerns along the Row River Trail where the trail intersects County roads. The project was prompted by a bicyclist fatality on Row River Road at milepost 4 in September 2011. It was the second fatality at this location since 2007.
Short-term improvements were completed in the winter of 2012 and include enlarging and enhancing signage, clearing vegetation, re-grading a berm, and adding striped stop bars on the trail surface.
Long-term improvements are being considered and evaluated through the development of a Corridor Plan. The Corridor Plan will position Lane County and the BLM to receive funding for future construction projects.
The Row River Trail runs 15.6 miles along an abandoned rail line from Cottage Grove to Dorena Lake, Culp Creek, and the nearby Umpqua National Forest.